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Media: Facebook is working on an analogue of Android for its own devices

So far, from the hardware products, the company has only the Oculus VR-headset and Portal screens.

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Facebook has begun developing an operating system for its own devices. To do this, the company hired a co-author of the Windows NT kernel, Mark Lutzowski, who should create the OS from scratch. This is stated in the material The Information.

Andrew Bosworth, vice president of hardware company, said that Facebook wants to “secure its space” in the future. According to him, the social network can no longer rely on the market and competitors, therefore, it must do everything herself.

As noted at TechCrunch, the transition to its own OS will provide Facebook with more freedom and the ability to integrate its own services. It can also protect company plans from being hit by competitors.

In a conversation with reporters, company representatives said that while it is focused on the development of augmented reality headsets. To do this, she is going to either create a separate OS, or enter into a partnership with other companies.

While Facebook does not have so many hardware products, however, in recent years, the company has become more actively invested in the direction. In October 2018, Facebook released Portal’s smart displays, the first devices under its own brand. In addition, the social network belongs to Oculus, which develops virtual reality technologies.

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