Google might implement its secret operating system Fuchsia into its smart home devices, such as voice-controlled speakers, within three years, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Project Fuchsia had been revealed earlier after Google quietly posted its code online on GitHub in 2016. The company has begun to experiment applications with the OS, including interactive screen displays and voice commands for YouTube.
Fuchsia’s team has more than 100 people inside Google, and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai has voiced support to the project internally.
It is possible that Fuchsia will replace the current Android and Chrome OS, to become the OS that connects all kinds of connected devices, from smartphones to smartwatches, laptops and connected home devices.
Google’s current mobile OS Android has 85% of the global market share, while Apple’s iOS has another 15%. It’s uncertain how the new mobile OS will affect Google’s market leader position.
Google has mentioned a new direction – towards artificial intelligence services that reach consumers everywhere. Android was built for a touchscreen device that doesn’t know voice and AI technology.
Furthermore, Android updates may be performed by hardware manufacturers only. If they don’t update the devices, users won’t get the latest security and other features. Google has little control over the timeline of the software update, and users opt in for Android updates less than iOS updates.
In the future-generation operating system, Google may seek an alternative. Encrypted user keys are founded in the software code posted online. This privacy tool ensures that information is protected every time the software gets updated.
Nick Kralevich, a lead security engineer for Android for nine years, has moved to work on Fuchsia in January.
Google plans to begin implementing Fuchsia in smart home devices within three years, before gradually pushing the system into laptops and mobile devices, according to Bloomberg.
Google didn’t provide comments on Bloomberg’s report.