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Android Fireside Chat: Wear OS, Fuchsia, Foldables

Every year at Google I / O, the community is treated to a "Fireside Chat" where developers can directly ask questions to the Android team and get them to answer clearly and honestly. This year, Android Fireside Chat I / O closed in 2019 and offered obvious insight into the future of Wear OS, Fuchsia and foldable devices. Many of the questions asked by Fireside Chat could be answered by the team of Googlers, including Romain Guy, Dianne Hackborn and Tor Norbye. The harder issues addressed Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering for Android. A developer asked very easily if there was anything they could share about Fuchsia. For this, Burke explained the relationship between Android and the Fuchsia law, and it knows he doesn't know much about Fuchsia, except where it directly relates to Android. There is a good cooperation between the law. To give you two examples is that we have this ANGLE driver on Q and the idea is that we have a module &#821 1; it is a main line module – and it implements OpenGL ES 2.0, only completes it and soon 3.0 and it goes to top of Vulkan, and we actually developed it with Fuchsia because Fuchsia uses Vulkan at the base level of graphics that Android migrates to. So we worked close there. We have also worked very closely with the Flutter team on Jetpack Compose, which is our new tool tool. One of the things we care about is having, I…

Every year at Google I / O, the community is treated to a “Fireside Chat” where developers can directly ask questions to the Android team and get them to answer clearly and honestly. This year, Android Fireside Chat I / O closed in 2019 and offered obvious insight into the future of Wear OS, Fuchsia and foldable devices.

Many of the questions asked by Fireside Chat could be answered by the team of Googlers, including Romain Guy, Dianne Hackborn and Tor Norbye. The harder issues addressed Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering for Android.

A developer asked very easily if there was anything they could share about Fuchsia. For this, Burke explained the relationship between Android and the Fuchsia law, and it knows he doesn’t know much about Fuchsia, except where it directly relates to Android.

There is a good cooperation between the law. To give you two examples is that we have this ANGLE driver on Q and the idea is that we have a module &#821

1; it is a main line module – and it implements OpenGL ES 2.0, only completes it and soon 3.0 and it goes to top of Vulkan, and we actually developed it with Fuchsia because Fuchsia uses Vulkan at the base level of graphics that Android migrates to. So we worked close there.

We have also worked very closely with the Flutter team on Jetpack Compose, which is our new tool tool. One of the things we care about is having, I especially care about having transferable skills. So if you know Flutter, the tool on Android should look like you can move between them, and that’s something we’ve done a collaboration about.

Our point of view with Fuchsia is more about the things we do with them, but I can’t really talk to their exact project because I get them all wrong.

A question from Twitter asked who starts the conversation between Android and OEM to support new hardware features such as foldable screens. In short, the answer is that the discussion of new hardware functions is initiated by the supply chain. In the example of foldable created display manufacturer technology, and when OEM started playing with it, Google began to see how to support it in the software.

Burke also shared his enthusiasm for the future for foldable and mentioned that there are some exciting new things along the way for folding screens.

You know, I’m really excited about the folds. We have talked a lot about phones that go together with tablets and I think that is pretty – about – the form factors. But I am actually much more ideas that will still be quite surprising that I am quite happy about it. I thought about this time next year, there will actually be pretty good things to talk about in that room.

Finally, a developer called directly on the Wear OS not being there during the keynote or any sessions during Google I / O 2019, asking “is this a dead platform? Should we be concerned?” This bold question met with significant applause from the audience , followed by a short answer from Burke.

Burke: No, but where is the Wear team? Do we have someone here? Have I just made your point?

Another person: They are in the sandbox.

Burke: Oh in the Sandbox! Yes, no, they live. Living and kicking in a sandbox at I / O.

Audience: [Laughter]

Burke: No, this is something we continue to invest in. We are really excited about portable things. What can I say? We have actually employed more people and we are investing.

The investments he mentions are likely to refer to Google’s latest acquisition of Fossil Group portable technology. What matters most to me is that Burke shared that he was happy about “wearables” without specifying “Wear OS”. It doesn’t look good for the future of Google’s current notebook OS. 19659003]

You can watch Google I / O Android Fireside Chat in full below.


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