Google nabs senior macOS engineer from Apple to work on Fuchsia OS

“We learned in 2016 that Google was working on an entirely new operating system called Fuchsia. Development continues with new features and testing on a variety of form factors spotted regularly,” Abner Li reports for 9to5Google. “Google has since hired 14-year Apple engineer Bill Stevenson to work on its upcoming OS, and help bring it to market.”

“Stevenson started at Apple in 2004 as a Product Release Engineer for OS X,” Li reports. “In this role, he ‘triaged and diagnosed’ application and framework issues, while also working with third-party developers.”

“Since 2012, Stevenson has been a Senior Manager for Mac/Windows Program Management,” Li reports. “He has had a hand in every major release from Lion right up to Mojave last year; leading teams responsible for build, release, and technical program management.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Last July, Mark Bergen and Mark Gurman reported for Bloomberg:

Fuchsia was created from scratch to overcome the limitations of Android as more personal devices and other gadgets come online. It’s being designed to better accommodate voice interactions and frequent security updates and to look the same across a range of devices, from laptops to tiny internet-connected sensors…

Members of the Fuchsia team have discussed a grander plan that is being reported here for the first time: Creating a single operating system capable of running all the company’s in-house gadgets, like Pixel phones and smart speakers, as well as third-party devices that now rely on Android and another system called Chrome OS, according to people familiar with the conversations.

According to one of the people, engineers have said they want to embed Fuchsia on connected home devices, such as voice-controlled speakers, within three years, then move on to larger machines such as laptops. Ultimately the team aspires to swap in their system for Android.

Google. Trying to get to where Apple was decades ago.

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  1. This is yet another market that Tim Cook has gift wrapped for the competition.

    Fuchsia will some day:

    Replace and replicate the functionality of Android

    Function as both the desktop and mobile OS of the future

    Replace Windows and MacOS for this new generation

    Become the embedded OS that Windows always hoped to be

    1. This is a huge loss for Apple. It speaks volumes behind the Cupertino curtain that a second seasoned Mac OS specialist, and another Apple heir apparent CEO like Scott Forstall, have BOTH left Apple since 2012. Don’t have a good feeling and do not see how it bodes well for the future of Mac products…

      1. “like Scott Forstall”
        Wait. The headline says he’s going to work on Fuchsia OS. Is that just some Broadway play and NOT a real OS? Because, you know, that’s the ONLY thing that would make him like Forstall LOL

        I mean, maybe if Forstall was working on an OS for ANYTHING… (maybe even a tamagotchi?) that would make them more alike. But JUST barely.

        Proves again that the people of VALUE in tech that leave Apple go on to do other tech things, usually as a high level leader. Those that aren’t… well, you know.

      1. At one point in his life, Scott Forstall had a tech career where he worked for Steve Jobs. And apparently, his ONLY tech career for the rest of his life will be to TALK ABOUT when he used to work for Steve Jobs.

        Because before he worked for Steve Jobs he didn’t do tech and AFTER he worked for Steve Jobs, he didn’t do tech. I’m absolutely willing to see Scott Forstall to pull a Steve Jobs or a Bill Stevenson (or an “most anyone else that has left Apple”), but I’m not going to hold my breath.

        The “broken-ness” of my record is matched by those that proclaim THIS GUY, CURRENTLY WORKING ON BROADWAY, SHOULD BE THE CEO OF APPLE!!! This isn’t really for you, it’s for other people that come across this thread and, like me, thought Scott Forstall WOULD be a good CEO. Until I decided to look into “What’s ol’ Scott doing now, something else AMAZING in tech no doubt”… only to find out that he’s been working on Broadway since leaving Apple.

        Ladies and Gentlemen, if you feel that someone working on Broadway would be an excellent leader of one of the largest tech companies in the world, there’s a bridge near Broadway that I, quite incredibly, have up for sale and am willing to give you a REALLY good deal on.

  2. Apple certainly can’t remain complacent on this matter having defeated Microsofts ambitions here if they aren’t careful they will be blind sided by another coming from no where to offer a wider ranging platform right Into the core of Apples platform striking at laptop desktop and derivatives in ways that no one previously has succeeded. Considering the almost illogical impact of Chrome in this area at least in education despite its disadvantages hardly inspires me in confidence that Cook and co are prepared for the challenge of potentially being beaten at their own game by a damn search engine developer.

    1. There’s nothing illogical about being cheap to succeed. Wal-Mart grew from nothing, based on this simple principle. Manufacturing in China is not because companies WANT to do it, it’s because it’s cheap. Apple doesn’t do cheap. They don’t even do inexpensive. So, in areas where the focus is on cheap, cheap will win.

      1. See Linux can’t do a OS cheap, you need someone make the hard decisions that is why iOS and Mac OSX got done, and it is part (half) of the reason Forstall isn’t at Apple. If this guy is the real deal he won’t make friends at Google with the installed geek software design people.

  3. Considering Android is commercially in devices as small as embedded systems and as large as tablets and emulation in Chromebooks, it’s a pretty wide range of devices for a single OS to cover. The only other OS project I remember that had such ambition was Japan’s MSX OS project in the 80s and maybe Microsoft with all its Windows variants/subsets. Sorry MDN iOS/MacOS doesn’t even come close.

    1. Various versions of Apple’s iOS/macOS run in the following devices:
      Mac mini
      Macbooks (various types)
      Apple TV
      Apple Watch

      That’s a pretty wide range of devices. I don’t think a “single OS” that truly wasn’t modified would be a good idea. Google is making noise about doing it. That doesn’t mean they will succeed, or that it will actually be good.

      Hell, them making noise about a project doesn’t even mean it will ever happen. Go look up the list of projects Google has abandoned after bragging to credulous tech journalists.

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