Updated 2:05 PM ET: Shortly after this report came to light, Google issued a statement to CNET saying that it's inaccurate and that the company doesn't have any plans to release products with the operating system over the next three to five years. Even if Google is planning on a release then, confirming that it might replace Android in half a decade wouldn't be the best PR move. No matter what, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any future developments over the coming months/years.
Ever since 2016, Google's been chugging along with the development of a new operating system called "Fuchsia." Fuchsia's been expected to replace Android at some point down the road, but the timeline for this has been pretty murky — at least until now.
A new report recently popped up from Bloomberg, and according to sources that spoke with the publication:
Ultimately the team [Google's Fuchsia team] aspires to swap in their system for Android, the software that powers more than three-quarters of the world's smartphones, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. The aim for this is to happen in the next half decade, one person said.
Furthermore, Google also plans to have Fuchsia running on smart speakers and other "connected home devices" within the next three years.
Bloomberg's report goes on to reiterate things we've already been anticipating for Fuchsia, most notably how Google wants it to eventually be the single operating system that powers smartphones, tablets, computers, smart home devices, etc. The OS is being designed to work on screens of all sizes and form factors, and to not much surprise, Google wants voice control to be at the core of Fuchsia.
It's certainly exciting to think that we may have a brand new operating system from Google in five years time, but as it's noted here, Google's "yet to sign off on any roadmap for Fuchsia."
Are you looking forward to an Android successor?
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
A few good Kindle books can help you get through these tough times
One of my favorite pastimes in good times or bad is to curl up on the sofa with a good book, preferably on my Amazon Kindle. Here are some of the stories that have been distracting me over the past few weeks of lockdown and social isolation.
Top 6 things Google needs to add to Chrome OS to compete with Windows
Chrome OS has gotten pretty good in recent years — especially for tablets and touchscreens — but there’s always room to improve. Here’s my wishlist for my favorite lightweight laptop ecosystem.
Amazon Echo Frames review: Alexa comes for your eyes and ears
When I reviewed the Amazon Echo Buds in late 2019, I commented that they were a solid first attempt to help get Alexa out of the house and make her more useful on the go. The Echo Frames, which were announced at the same time as the Echo Buds, are the latest of Alexa's steps into the wider world. I'll tell you what I thought of them after my first few days with them.
The best flip phones you can buy in 2020
Smartphones are great, but they aren't for everybody. Whether you're after a simpler experience or just want the cheapest possible phone for calls, texts, and light browsing, these are the flip phones that should be on your radar.