Facebook is currently working on its own operating system (OS), so it can free itself from collaborating with other technology masters like Google, according to The Information reports.
Facebook is looking to have its hardware products, like Oculus and Portal devices, run on the OS when it finishes, according to Facebook executive Ficus Kirkpatrick.
The OS project is being led by Mark Lucovsky, a former Microsoft engineer who co-founded the Windows NT operating system, and they are started the OS development from the scratch. Facebook didn’t mention when the OS might hit the market.
Also note that this is not the first time Facebook is attempting to build its own operating system. Facebook had sometime in the past developed prototypes of a custom OS for Home, but later decided to use Android for a reason that wasn’t made known.
Facebook will stop at nothing until it sees that it’s completely independent, “We really want 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 gonna do it ourselves.” Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of augmented and virtual reality.
The social media company said it still working on its brain-controlled interface. A Facebook engineer disclosed to The Information that Facebook has reduced the technology from its original size of a refrigerator to a small device that can fit in your hand.
Facebook said it could take more five to 10 years before that tech arrives in any consumer product. For now, Facebook could be working on developing a variation that will need people to wear armbands and learn specific movements that correlate to brain signals, just like the tech developed by CTRL-labs, which Facebook acquired recently.
Facebook disclosed that it’s also working on a voice assistant similar to Siri and Alexa, a project that made the approached Microsoft to license data from its Bing search engine to train the assistant. Most of this new developments will take place in Facebook’s new 770,000-square-foot campus that is being built in Burlingame, California.
Facebook hasn’t abandoned its AR glasses projects. It’ll be finished at the Burlingame campus.