Facebook is designing its own operating system from scratch to drive its hardware products, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Oculus virtual reality headsets and
Portal smart displays. These devices currently run on Google’s Android OS.
Mark Lucovsky, a former Microsoft developer who co-authored the Windows NT operating system, will lead the effort to create a new Facebook OS from scratch.
The social networking giant, Facebook is trying to integrate more indigenous features rich OS. One of the first gadgets that could feature such innovations is a pair of augmented reality glasses
announced by Facebook’s Bosworth is currently in the works.
Facebook is improving the ability of users to manipulate devices through their minds by including the interface between brain and machine.
“We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us, We don’t think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that’s the case. And so we’re gonna do it ourselves.” quotes Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of AR and VR.
Google is also developing an alternative to Android, a platform called Fuchsia built on a custom kernel that offers backward compatibility with current mobile apps.
Facebook has a reputation as not being a trusted brand, so it may be hard for it to penetrate Android’s market dominance.