Google's Fuchsia OS confirmed to get Android app support

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A new report reveals a second move Google just made to ensure the transition from Fuchsia to Android will be as smooth as possible, and something we've been suspecting all along: Fuchsia will run Android apps. It says that Fuchsia Device Targets are used to build ART (Android Runtime) for Fuchsia, and both arm64 and X86_64 architectures are mentioned in the listing.

Although there is no official announcement that Google is actively working on its Fuchsia OS besides repositories available on Github, on Google Git, and the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), everyone knows by now that the new OS will most probably be able to run on anything from mobile phones to computers and IoT devices. As reported by 9to5Google, the operating system will be running Android apps using Android Runtime (ART) platform, which is being used now to run Android apps in smartphones.

Of course, the specifics and the technical execution of this endeavor are likely to remain under wraps for a while longer, especially given the fickle nature of the Fuchsia initiative as a whole.

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We've been learning tidbits about Google's secret operating system, Fuchsia OS, for quite a while now, but there still hasn't been any official word from Google about what it will be used for. It could run in a Linux virtual machine, or it could merely replace Linux kernel calls with equivalents from Fuchsia's Zircon kernel. That means you shouldn't have any issues switching to the first smartphones or tablets running Fuchsia out of the box, as you'll be able to install all the apps you've been using on Android for years, including paid apps.

Unfortunately, the README doesn't explain how Fuchsia will use ART from there. Well, the answer to that question is... nobody knows, except maybe a few people over at Google. "Further, this ART version can be installed on any Fuchsia device use a '.far" file - Fuchsia's version of the Android APK file.

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