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Android wasn't created by Google. They acquired it, and then had to deal with the legacy cruft that was already a part of it by then. The "platform-level" changes they've made since the acquisition—e.g. replacing Dalvik with ART—have mostly been sound engineering choices.

> They do not realize that they are make •a platform•, not a product.

Consider: maybe Fuchsia isn't a platform?

ChromeOS certainly isn't a platform: developers don't develop "for ChromeOS." App developers target the WebExtension ABI (or, more recently, the Android ABI), and ChromeOS just runs their apps using mysterious virtualization magic that doesn't matter to the developer. You don't target the OS; you just target a stable ABI. (Other examples of this: the Linux kernel ABI used by Docker on {Linux, macOS, Windows}; the Linux kernel ABI used by Illumos branded zones; the Linux userland ABI used by the Steam Runtime.) Essentially, you can think of ChromeOS not as an OS in the traditional sense, but as a hypervisor. The libs your apps depend on aren't part of the OS; they're part of your ABI's zonal environment, which is stabilized separately from the OS.

I would expect that Fuchsia is doing the same: being an OS but not a platform. The only people who will have to directly target Fuchsia are Google engineers.




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