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posted by janrinok on Friday December 20 2019, @08:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the choice-is-good,-right? dept.

Facebook is developing its own OS to reduce dependence on Android:

Despite the recent privacy scandals, mishandling of user data, and a potential federal injunction looming in the distance, Facebook seems to be going full steam ahead with its ambitions. According to a recent report by The Information, the company is now developing its own operating system to reduce dependency on Google’s Android. The development, as per The Verge, is being led by Mark Lucovsky — an ex-Microsoft official who co-authored the Windows NT operating system.

While the report provides a limited amount of information about how Facebook plans to use the new operating system, it does point out that currently Facebook’s Oculus and Portal devices run on a modified version of Android. This leads us to believe that with its new operating system the company plans to replace Android on its VR and smart devices. And one of Facebook’s AR and VR heads, Ficus Kirkpatrick, mirrors this sentiment. According to Kirkpatrick, “it’s possible” that Facebook’s future hardware won’t need to rely on Google’s software which could possibly remove Google’s control over the company’s hardware.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of hardware, also told The Information that the company “want(s) 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 going to do it ourselves.” Along with the aforementioned Oculus and Portal devices, Facebook is also working on AR glasses. Bosworth reveals that these glasses, codenamed “Orion”, could arrive as early as 2023. Interestingly, Apple is also expected to come out with its own pair of AR glasses around the same time. Facebook is reportedly also working on a brain control interface for its glasses, which could allow users to control them with their thoughts.

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  • (Score: 2) by NickM on Saturday December 21 2019, @02:25AM (2 children)

    by NickM (2867) on Saturday December 21 2019, @02:25AM (#934896) Journal
    This site work great on Firefox for Android.
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Acabatag on Saturday December 21 2019, @02:41AM (1 child)

    by Acabatag (2885) on Saturday December 21 2019, @02:41AM (#934906)

    With Opera on Android you can set the text to be zoomable and when you zoom in the text reflows so the paragraphs are sized to fill the frame. No other Android browser I have found does that.

    • (Score: 2) by stormwyrm on Saturday December 21 2019, @05:44AM

      by stormwyrm (717) on Saturday December 21 2019, @05:44AM (#934926) Journal
      That's the main reason why I also use Opera as my primary mobile browser and won't touch anything else. Opera Mobile at least tries do a decent job of text reflow on zoom that my ageing eyes really appreciate. I've tried several other browsers and none of them even try. I can already see signs of impending macular degeneration as I progress through my forties, so it's very important to me.
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