As per reports, Facebook is preparing its own operating-system software to reduce its future dependence on rivals like Apple and Google, owners of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems.
Earlier reports suggest the planned operating system will focus on the company’s future products. Rumors suggest Facebook may implement this in its augmented-reality glasses which is may come with built-in software.
“We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us,” Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of hardware, told The Information regarding the company’s plan to build a new operating system. “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.”
Facebook has sought ways to alleviate its dependence on Apple and Google for years. It previously tried to build its own mobile phone and developed a software layer to work on HTC Corp. handsets, though both projects failed.
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Facebook also previously had a contingency plan in place, called Project Oxygen, in case its apps were ever blocked or inaccessible from the Google Play Store and Facebook had to ensure users could get them somewhere else.