Facebook is gearing up to break free! The social media giant is building a custom new operating system from the scratch and the intent is clear – Facebook wants to end its dependency on Google’s Android. Another reason for this move can be to make Facebook’s upcoming devices self-reliant and secure in the event of a future disagreement with Google. It’s a big, bold move on part of Facebook.
Here’s all we know about Facebook’s planned operating system.
1.Facebook’s OS Project is Being Handled by Mark Lucovsky
Facebook has put its ambitious new project into the expert, dependable hands of renowned software developer Mark Lucovsky. Lucovsky’s resume includes stints with Microsoft, Google and VMware. He is notable for being the co-author of Microsoft’s operating system Windows NT and serving as the technical director for Google’s Ajax technologies.
2.The New OS Will Be Focused On Facebook’s Future Hardware Products
Facebook has several future hardware projects in the pipeline. These include virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices like AR glasses with built in software, video calling devices on the lines of Portal and VR headsets similar to Oculus. These devices have the potential to one day replace the smartphone itself. The new operating system is expected to be designed to provide for the software requirements of the new range of devices.
Facebook is also working on the second-generation models of its Portal devices – smart displays that offer video chat facility through WhatsApp Messenger. The first generation of Facebook Portal devices worked with Amazon’s Alexa. It’s likely that Facebook would look to integrate the future models of Portal devices with its own operating system and look to give rival devices such as Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest smart screens a run for their money.
The new operating system will also ensure all these upcoming Facebook devices have a secure future even if the market and competitors turn hostile.
3.The New OS Will Help Facebook Create Its Own Unique Space And Identity
If Facebook’s operating system is able to match the features and performance of other popular operating systems, it will be a big boost not just to the business, but also to Facebook’s brand value.
4.Facebook’s Upcoming OS Will Further Its Diversification Goals
Facebook’s ambitions of diversifying beyond social networking are well documented. The company first acquired Instagram – the photo editing app – back in 2012, and then followed it up by buying WhatsApp in 2014. That’s not all – Facebook has been investing in varied services like entertainment, hardware and payments over the past several years.
Facebook is also working on the prototype for a new VR video conference system, and its very own voice assistant. In addition, the company has revealed the plan to venture into true retail by constructing a physical retail space for its hardware line at its offices at Burlingame.
A well-rounded operating system of its own will be a big boost to Facebook’s diversification plans and we can expect the company to explore even more exciting avenues in the future.
5.The New OS Has The Potential To Bring In A New Era Of IoT Devices
Facebook has tried its hand at creating a mobile device in the past and has learnt from that failure. The new operating system is taking a different route – instead of entering the smartphone OS market and trying to compete with Android and IOS, Facebook’s operating system will instead focus on Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices.
Facebook has been working on a brand-new brain computer interface for a while now. While that technology is still several years from initial launch, Facebook has revealed that it has been able to shrink the technology to a device you can hold in the palm of your hand.
The new operating system is expected to work with the variations of Facebook’s brain-compute interface technology and create smart wearables such as armbands, eye and head gears that can identify, track and learn from physical movements corelated to the brain’s signals.
6.Facebook’s Custom OS Will Heat Up The Competition
The launch of Facebook’s operating system will most likely lead to the company parting ways with Google. Once the operating system is out, we can expect both Google and Apple to double up on their own efforts to maintain market control. In that event, the competition will really heat up and we can expect all three companies adapt some exciting new strategies and present the world with some game changing technologies.
Facebook has suffered some setbacks in the recent past – from a lackluster cryptocurrency project to privacy breaches. But if the company manages to hit the right notes with its custom operating system, it can finally turn the tide in its favor! We don’t yet have a time window for Facebook’s new operating system’s release, but we’re definitely excited by the prospects. Until then, keep your finger crossed and keep checking Apptunix blog for more updates!
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