Facebook is considering the option of designing its own Operating System (OS). With an OS of its own, it would have the ability to run its own augmented reality (AR) glasses. This way, the company would no longer have to rely on Android’s operating system, run by Google. The company made this statement on Thursday.
A spokesperson has reportedly made a statement to AFP that Facebook is pretty serious about having its own OS and is working hard towards achieving the same. This includes coordinating with other companies, as stated by “The Information,” which is a tech news website.
An Operating System owned by Facebook would enable it to combine both its hardware and software services together. It would also be helpful in customizing and enhancing functionalities like social networking. It can also help in improving privacy-related features.
As a part of its efforts, Facebook is focussing a lot on its hardware development setup for its augmented and virtual reality. Very soon, Burlingame would have a new office for AR and VR. This would be pretty close to the company’s headquarters and is expected to have around 4000 employees on board. The area of the office is about 70,000 square feet.
Facebook plans to start its operations in this office during the second half of 2020. With this, Facebook would have its first share of fixed retail experience. The company is also keen on having an area of public access that would enable customers to check out and purchase their AR and VR products.
While speaking to “The Information”, Facebook hardware vice president Andrew “Boz” Bosworth made a statement that, “We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us.” By developing its own Operating System, Facebook would no longer have to wait for software updation of Android systems. In this manner, it would no longer have to rely on Google. Instead, it can manage its own updates.
Bosworth has also stated that the company plans to undertake most of the tasks on its own. “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”, he was quoted as saying.
During the last recent years, Facebook has put in a lot of effort into expanding its network beyond its original social networks. It took over other social networking platforms such as Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. It has also acquired entertainment and payment services along with equipment.
Oculus, the creator of virtual reality headgear, was also taken over by the Mark Zuckerberg owned firm in 2014.
Facebook’s latest release
Recently, Facebook released Portal smart screens belonging to the second generation. The firm considered this as a mechanism for people to stay in touch with their loved ones by means of its social networks. The company has not stated on the number of Portal devices sold so far as they came on board towards the end of the previous year. However, one thing is certain – this has definitely inspired all the models of the second generation.
Portal, at present, is giving tough competition to Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest smart screens. It can even connect with Facebook, Messenger as well as WhatsApp.
Every month, on average, an estimated billion people access Facebook as well as the messaging apps owned by the social networking giant. The popularity of Facebook is such that people find it quite convenient to remain in touch with their friends and relatives.
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