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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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 21 2019, @12:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 21 2019, @12:47PM (#934960)

    I think you missed the most important thing working against them: previous adopters of Microsoft mobile operating systems got burned. PocketPC, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 6, Windows Phone 7. Each one came out, and then was dropped and the people that bought them were screwed. Windows Phone 6 apps were not, if I recall correctly, compatible with Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 8 had a compatibility layer to run Windows Phone 7 apps for a while, but later devices dropped it and from what I understand nothing from Windows Phone 7 ran on Windows Phone 10.

    It's sad and hilarious because fanatic focus on backward compatibility is one of the only ethical ingredients to Microsoft's recipe for desktop operating system dominance, but somehow they forgot about it in the mobile world. All the Microsoft fanatics I know had some earlier Microsoft mobile operating system that got sold and then dropped, so when Windows Phone 10 came out they didn't care.

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