Google’s Android replacement could arrive on smart home devices before long

Fuchsia OS will reach across Google's entire device family

Google Fuchsia OS will come to your home
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Almost two years ago it was revealed Google was working on a new operating system that went by the codename of Fuchsia. Thing is, it was really just a pile of code, the purpose for which was unknown.

It’s remained mostly shrouded in mystery since then, but a new report from Bloomberg claims that Fuchsia will be an all-encompassing operating system reaching across Google’s entire family of hardware - including smart home devices.

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In fact, according to one of Bloomberg’s sources, engineers want to get Fuchsia embedded on home devices like smart speakers within three years, before moving onto laptops and other larger devices. The aim is to roll out the entire Fuchsia project over the next five years.

Having unity across all devices, from smartphones to speakers, would be advantageous for Google, which would be able to not only share features across devices but have an OS that is more secure and easier to update. It would also allow Google’s AI services, something CEO Sundar Pichai has pushed forward significantly during his tenure, to reach into every Google product.

Google's inability to roll out updates to all Android smartphone users at once is one of the biggest problems of the platform, leading to fragmentation across the market. That's not a problem with Google's home device right now, but it could become one as the new third-party built Smart Displays arrive.

However, with privacy and security being one cornerstone of Fuchsia, there have reportedly been clashes with Google's ads business, which relies on targeted advertising. According to the report, "the ad team prevailed".

However, before any of this happens, Pichai and his deputy Hiroshi Lockheimer will need to sign off on it, which they haven't done yet. As the report points out, they will need to be cautious, particularly with Android, for which Google relies on many hardware partners.

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