Google’s secretive Fuchsia OS will support Swift programming language, according to a report from Android Police. A Google employee created a pull request on Swift’s GitHub repository adding the Fuchsia OS support to the compiler. Fuchia OS already supports a Google created language called Dart, as well as common standards C and C++.
Apple’s open-source Swift language has been surging in popularity lately. It’s a general-purpose language for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. It’s an easy to learn programming language, which is why Apple has been promoting Swift in schools and colleges.
Swift support will make it easier for developers to write apps for Fuchsia OS. The platform is separate from Android and Chrome OS. It’s being speculated that Google intends to replace Android with its mysterious Fuchsia OS, or even be used to merge Chrome OS with Android. Fuchsia OS should be seen closer to Samsung’s Tizen OS, a light-wight operating system that’s going to run on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and smartwatches.
Meanwhile, Chris Lattner, Swift creator and former Apple employee who is now working on Google’s AI co-processor TensorFlow has responded to the situation on Twitter.
“Swift at Google has enough folks working on it that we need a staging ground/integration point, and we decided it should be public”, he wrote.
Swift at Google has enough folks working on it that we need a staging ground/integration point, and we decided it should be public. http://t.co/hyphe0KrU0
— Chris Lattner (@clattner_llvm) November 15, 2017
Google is yet to make the Fuchsia OS official, and there’s a lot we still don’t know about the secretive operating system. Fuchsia OS is still a mystery, but it’s already looking promising.