Flutter and Fuchsia. The next big thing?

The future of Flutter and how it’s linked with Fuchsia, Google’s upcoming OS

Dominik Tarnowski
May 12, 2019 · 4 min read
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What’s Flutter anyway?

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Developer Experience & Productivity

Performance & UI

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The future of Flutter

Google is doing this for a very particular reason; they are building an OS that has the potential to replace all the other Operating Systems. The OS is called Fuchsia and it’s still in its very early development stages. Fuchsia uses flutter as its UI rendering engine. By making flutter support more than just Fuchsia, it has the potential to have a much higher app count than without it. Coming up with Flutter is an amazing idea from the business’ perspective too, as this will decrease the risk of their OS failing just like Windows Phone did simply due to the lack of applications for it. Google is also planning on porting all existing Android apps to Fuchsia (by including ART (android runtime) in their new OS).

What makes fuchsia so unique is the ability to run on any CPU architecture. It is based on their own microkernel called Zircon which they claim is able to run on smartphones, desktops, embedded systems and more. If Fuchsia this could change the way we interact with our devices as if they use the same OS they could easily be highly linked together. We might also see benefits over Android such as improved battery life, performance, and possibly even running on Google’s custom chips they have been rumored to be experimenting with. This could be very big, similar to how well IOS works with Apple’s custom chips, how fast & smooth the iPhones run and how efficient they are. Of course, it’s still way too early to tell whether it will succeed, even whether it will end up becoming released or abandoned. We only just saw this month fuchsia running on Android Emulator (on Vulkan) for the first time, before we only saw a console without any GUI. I would be very surprised to see Fuchsia running on a production ready device (that isn’t an embedded google assistant device) within at least the next 2 years, but I am really looking forward to trying it out on a physical device for the first time.

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Dominik Tarnowski

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