Report: Google's new Fuchsia OS could replace Android -- or not
Update: CNET has learned there's no five-year plan for Fuchsia just yet.
Sean HollisterSenior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
Mind you, that's just the ambition, according to the report -- and Google disputes that specific part; CNET understands there's actually no five-year plan yet. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Android/Chrome boss Hiroshi Lockheimer reportedly have yet to sign off on any road map. In a brief statement, Google said Fuchsia is just "one of many experimental open-source projects" at the company, but declined to comment further.
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The Fuchsia team's own engineers seem to believe they can start small by bringing Fuchsia to
devices like the
smart speaker first within three years, then move on to laptops and eventually phones, according to Bloomberg's sources. But Google isn't sure when or where the tech might actually appear.
But it's not going to be easy to just ditch Android, and one of Bloomberg's sources actually suggests the company may not be that serious about the idea -- calling it a "senior-engineer retention project" designed to keep Google's talent busy so they don't go and join rival companies.
Originally published July 19, 9:46 a.m. PT. Update, 10:50 a.m. PT: Added Google's brief statement and additional items that CNET has learned.
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