Facebook has long outgrown being only a social media website. Facebook is now a technology titan with many products and services to their name. Facebook expanded into hardware by acquiring Portal and Oculus, where Facebook uses a heavily modified version of Android. If sources are to be believed, the company is looking to bring its software in-house through a custom OS for mobiles.
Facebook has reportedly hired Mark Lucovsky, one of the original authors of the Windows NT operating system to which Windows 10 belongs.
Facebook’s head of hardware, Andrew Borsworth confirmed that Facebook is prepping for the future in a statement, where he said that Facebook is gearing up to make space for themselves in the future and that the marketplace or Facebook’s competitors cannot be trusted to ensure it, which is why Facebook will pave their own way into the future of the world.
The probable cause for Facebook’s concern might be Oculus, which has been leading the Virtual Reality space, which is only taking off now, after many years of operation and slow growth. It is expected that more and more people want to interact with this truly immersive software. Starting from scratch will give Facebook the opportunity to find out if future customers want technology that is immersive. However, Oculus depends on support from developers of which Android is not always compatible.
Facebook’s last attempt to enter the software market began way back in 2013 when they partnered with HTC to launch the HTC First, an android device which had a Facebook-based user interface called Facebook Home. While this did not raise any concerns back then, it is still a question if users will trust a completely by Facebook operating system after the company’s repeated privacy violations and lack of security practices, which led the company to get a lot of flak by the whole world.
Also, Facebook recently bought Beat Games, the gaming studio behind the popular Beat Saber game, Beat Games is now officially a part of Oculus. Seems like Facebook is quickly expanding and venturing into newer beats.
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