Recently, foreign media reported that Facebook, an American social network service company, is independently developing a new mobile device operating system, and hopes to make some of its products break away from the Android platform ecosystem and take the initiative in research and development, so as to seek a longer-term development for its hardware related business.
For a long time, Android system has occupied a stable position not only in the mobile phone field, but also in other mobile devices, smart home devices, game entertainment devices and other markets because of its open source and other advantages. However, this has gradually started to arouse the concern of other enterprises – if they rely too much on Android platform in the future, will it make them more and more passive in the market competition with Google? Facebook, like Huawei, is one of those companies that is worried about this and has already begun to take action. It’s just that Facebook’s previous efforts have not had the desired effect.
It is reported that mark lucovsky, a former senior engineer of Microsoft, is mainly responsible for the development and design of Facebook’s self-developed operating system. Mark lucovsky is one of the creators of Windows NT and has worked in Google, VMware and other companies. Facebook may adopt a strategy similar to Apple’s intelligent hardware to develop its own operating system. The self-developed operating system can allow Facebook to better integrate its social services with hardware devices, and provide users with more innovative functions.
Facebook plans to apply the self-developed operating system to the upcoming ar head display and other related hardware devices. Although the main hardware devices of Facebook, such as portal intelligent display and oculus VR head display, are still running customized systems based on Android. Facebook may launch its internal ar device, Orion, around 2023. The device is believed to have been jointly developed by Facebook and Luxottica, an Italian glasses company affiliated to the famous brand “RapON”.
Now, perhaps to avoid the same mistakes, Facebook has set up a new AR and VR business office in birlingham, California. Located 15 miles north of Facebook’s headquarters, the 770000 square foot space is expected to accommodate about 4000 employees. Some of Facebook’s AR and VR teams are expected to move into the new office in the second half of next year, while other AR and VR teams are also scattered in other cities in California, as well as in Washington state, New York State and other places. At that time, Facebook will also establish a separate public open space in the new office location for external visitors to visit and experience its latest hardware devices, such as oculus quest, portal and even the mysterious Orion.
Previously, executives of Facebook related businesses have publicly stated that the idea of fully trusting competitors is not realistic. In order to get more development space in the next generation, it is necessary to reduce and weaken the software influence of competitors on their own devices in the future, until they no longer rely on competitors and finally fully grasp the R & D initiative of their hardware and software. However, Facebook’s mobile app may still need to be provided to its users through Google’s app store.
In addition to the self-developed operating system, Facebook acquired Ctrl labs in September this year. After that, it was studying how to apply brain computer interface technology to its VR head display device to provide its users with the function of operating the device through the mind. At the same time, there are rumors that Facebook is developing customized AI chips, as well as voice assistant similar to Amazon Alexa. Facebook seems to want to expand its market space with these innovative initiatives in the future, but it’s not clear how long it will take for these projects to actually come out.
It’s worth noting that Google is also actually developing a new generation of mobile operating system, Fuchsia, which is compatible downward. This year, fuchsia’s official team disclosed several times about the technical features, development plans and latest developments of the operating system.