22 January 2019
Google has been working tirelessly on its new and upcoming OS called Fuchsia OS. For a long time, people have wondered whether or not the OS would have support for Android apps. Well, it seems like that question may have just been answered. Courtesy of a change found in the Android Open Source Project, Fuchsia OS will run Android apps. However, it will do so using the Android Runtime.
Rumours regarding this cropped up last month when two new repositories regarding Fuchsia OS were added to the Android Open Source Project manifest. One contains a pre-built copy of the Fuchsia SDK while the other one points to a device which could be used by an Android Emulator. Have a look at the readme file which points to Android emulation for Fuchsia OS.
In simple terms, Android apps can be run on Fuchsia OS but only using the Android Runtime. So, Fuchsia will be using a tailormade version of Android Runtime (ART) to support Android applications. The fact that Fuchsia OS will support Android apps isn’t exactly surprising considering how popular Android has become as a software platform. The release of Fuchsia OS isn’t too far away. Reports of it being tested on the Pixelbook and even on the Honor Play have already surfaced online.