Google Speeds up Work on Fuchsia, a new Commit posted to Android’s Gerrit confirms rumors

Google has been reported to be working on Android Q currently after it made the public rollout of Android 9.0 Pie. This major version is yet to be made official however it has already entered the phase of testing. Now, more rumors are making their way regarding the company possibly working on developing an operating system which will supposedly replace Android and Chrome OS both at any point this year.

It comes as a greater surprise owing to the fact that this is being done in collaboration with Huawei, who presently has some of the hottest Android phones in the world. This new and versatile operating system is being codenamed Fuchsia and would work on smart devices, mobile devices, computers and just about everything else. 9to5Google also confirmed Fuchsia being present at an official Bluetooth testing event, held every year with engineers coming from various different companies for device testing.  This latest UPF event was held at Berlin at the end of October and was joined by Google’s devices for Fuchsia Bluetooth testing, a rather quiet move that has been made by the company. This confirmation was officially made by Zac Bowling, a former Chrome OS engineer and currently a Fuchsia OS engineer @Google.

Likewise, 9to5Google also mentioned that UPF has been added in commits to Fuchsia’s Gerrit and Android’s Gerrit both. According to their report, a new commit was posted yesterday to Android’s Gerrit source code management, where they found the first hint towards what Google brought to display on the event. The commit itself contained a few improvements to the Android Comms Test Suite to improve its Bluetooth compatibility with Fuchsia devices. The commit message has listed the test used to confirm the functionality of this new code as ‘UPF test event’.

Since Google has been busy developing Android versions which will support foldable screens in the future, it goes to show that the company is serious in its workings over Fuchsia which may exactly be the dynamic OS that foldable screens will need. Even though Fuchsia’s arrival may not be expected for several years to come, it still seems like a big breakthrough waiting to happen in the future. It will be interesting to see how it alters the status of Android and Chrome OS.


  1. Hopefully Google is also doing a new CPU that fits with Zircon. It never made sense to do their own CPU while still using the LInux kernel. Now with Zircon it makes sense and there are things that are pretty obvious they could do to improve performance and specifically interprocessor communication. Notice processor versus process. Then IPC on top.

    Hopefully Google will share how to optimize the CPUs to other CPU makers and will not keep just for themselves. It will mean the processor companies will always be behind Google. Kind of like what Google has already done with the TPUs versus Nvidia.

  2. Yes, I think Google will introduce their own line of consumer SoCs in time, too. As early as 2020 or 2021 – minting a new SoC on the year we get a die shrink to 5nm would make a certain amount of sense – I would surmise. Most people (wrongly) think this is a crazy idea but Google keeps hiring more and more engineers to work on consumer SoCs. The breadth and variety of Google job ads for talented staff to work on consumer oriented semiconductors seems to far exceed what would be required for a mere update to the Pixel Visual Core, say.

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