'Facebook doesn't want its hardware like Oculus and Portal to be at
the mercy of Google because they rely on its Android operating system.
From a report:
That's why Facebook has tasked a co-author of Microsoft's Windows NT
named Mark Lucovsky with building the social network an operating
system from scratch, according the The Information's Alex Heath. "We
really want to make sure the next generation has space for us," says
Facebook's VP of hardware Andrew 'Boz' Bosworth. "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."
By moving to its own OS, Facebook could have more freedom to bake
social interaction -- and hopefully privacy -- deeper into its
devices. It could also prevent a disagreement between Google and
Facebook from derailing the roadmaps of Oculus, Portal, or future
gadgets. One added bonus of moving to a Facebook-owned operating
system? It could make it tougher to force Facebook to spin out some of
its acquisitions, especially if Facebook goes with Instagram branding
for its future augmented reality glasses.'
-- source: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/19/12/19/1747243
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