Facebook as decided not to be a slave to Google, dump Android to build its own OS specifically meant for its future AR glasses.
According to a recent report by TechCrunch, Facebook is currently looking into developing an OS from the ground up for its future hardware devices in order to reduce dependency on Google for Android.
Facebook has given the role of building a social networking capable operating system from scratch to Mark Lucovsky, who was a co-author in building Microsoft’s Windows NT. With its own OS, Facebook could get freedom to deeply integrate its social products into its current and future devices. To be clear, Facebook’s smartphone apps will remain available on Android.
This is done as protection from being too dependent on Google. They do not want the risk of a potential disagreement between Facebook and Google to derail future device roadmaps.
One of the main devices that is under development currently is Facebook’s Augmented Reality Glasses and that is another reason why Facebook is building an OS.
By moving to its own OS, Facebook could have more freedom to bake social interaction — and hopefully privacy — deeper into its devices.