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Google steals a senior engineer from Apple to launch Fuchsia

Google steals a senior engineer from Apple to launch Fuchsia

Googlesince 2016, has been working on a new operating system that could replace Android called Fuchsia. Bill StevensonApple’s senior engineer, has announced that he will be joining Google to help bring the new operating system to market.

While this sounds promising, it in no way gives us a timeline. The only thing we know comes from Bloomberg’s unconfirmed report that Fuchsia will arrive on home devices within three years.

Bill Stevenson

Still, it’s interesting to see what it could offer Stevenson to the team. The Senior Manager he has been an Apple employee for nearly 15 years for managing Mac and Windows programs. For the past six years he has supervised the launch of macOS:

Previously, he worked on OS X, first for the product release, then as a senior program manager. His new role at Google has not yet been publicly revealed, but his credentials suggest that he will likely take a senior position. Stevenson also has significant experience with these cloud services:

According to Bloomberg’s July report, Stevenson will join a group of over 100 engineers, including veteran Matias Duarte, who is working on the project part-time.

In his announcement post, Stevenson also said he is looking forward to working with Chris McKillop, who works on Fuchsia as an engineering director at Google and is a veteran of Apple, Palm and Jawbone.

Google Fuchsia

Fuchsia running in phone mode

Image of Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica, who tested the operating system early last year.

The operating system is based on a new microkernel called “Zircon”, different from the Linux kernel used by Android and ChromeOS. It is designed to work on many platforms, including phones, embedded devices (designed for automotive, IoT, etc.) and laptops. Google is planning to eventually replace Android with Fuchsia. This could happen within five years. Big G has not confirmed the news, however. Ultimately, only time can give us all the answers.