10 February 2020
In recent years, Facebook has ventured into the hardware product segment as it acquired one of the leading VR headset makers Oculus and even released its own smart display products under the Facebook Portal lineup. All of these products run a forked version of Android which means Facebook is currently dependent on Google about what it can and cannot do with them. In an attempt to take full control over its devices and offerings, Facebook is now reported to be working on its own operating system.
The Information has reported that Facebook's operating system is being developed from scratch. It has roped in Mark Lucovsky, well-known for developing Microsoft Windows NT, as the main man responsible for the development. The report does not offer any details about what exactly this new OS will be capable of, what it would look like, and what kind of devices it will target.
Ficus Kirkpatrick, one of Facebook AR and VR executives, told The Verge that it is quite possible that future Facebook hardware products might not be dependent on Google's software. This would eventually reduce or many even completely remove the control Google currently has over Facebook hardware.
It is worth noting that Facebook has no plans for ditching Android altogether. Even if its own operating system sees the light of the day, it will still continue to offer apps on Android as well as other platforms like Apple's iOS. The whole idea behind a new OS development is to reduce its dependency on other tech giants.