Google could have a replacement for its Android operating system by 2023. This is what a new report is claiming despite the fact that Android continues to be the dominant operating system for smartphones and mobile devices. 

Bloomberg reported Thursday that a small and stealthy group of engineers within Google has been secretly working on the Android replacement for more than two years now. The group is part of a project that’s known internally as “Fuchsia,” so some are tentatively calling the operating system “Fuchsia OS.”

According to sources, the Fuchsia OS was created from scratch so that the team could ensure that it would overcome the limitations of Android given that more complex devices and gadgets are being introduced on the market. The Android replacement will reportedly better accommodate voice interactions and have frequent security updates. 

The new OS is also said to sport the same look across a range of devices, from laptops to minute sensors designed to connect to the internet. There’s also mention of advanced artificial intelligence — something that Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been envisioning for the company’s future. 

If all things in Project Fuchsia go as planned, Google could introduce the new operating system on connected devices such as smart speakers in a few years, Fast Company reports. It could then completely replace Android within five years. This explains why the rumored rollout and release of Fuchsia OS is in 2023. 

Since Fuchsia is built from scratch, it won’t have the baggage of Linux unlike Android OS. It will require less code and would be mostly impenetrable to security vulnerabilities. And, as stated earlier, it will enable faster rollout of updates. All these benefits and more could be the moving force behind Google’s clandestine effort to replace Android OS in the near future. 

But nothing is set in stone as of late. Google’s leadership has not committed to a roadmap for Fuchsia. There’s also an issue with the developing team clashing with Google’s ad team over privacy features. Moreover, replacing an established operating system that runs billions of smartphones and mobile devices entails a lot of work.