Facebook confirmed that Facebook is exploring the possibility of designing its software to support augmented reality glasses, which will free it from its dependence on Google’s Android operating system.
A spokeswoman told AFP that the California-based social media company is working on the project, and the option includes possible collaboration with other companies, which was originally revealed by the tech news site The Information.
A customized operating system will make it easier for Facebook to weave its hardware and services together and optimize features such as social networking or enhanced privacy.
This will also prevent Facebook from relying on Google for Android software updates.
In recent years, Facebook has struggled to diversify its business beyond its original social network, acquiring other platforms such as Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014, as well as entertainment and payment services and devices.
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Facebook recently released its second-generation Portal smart screen, calling it a way to stay in touch with loved ones through social networks.
Since launching in the second half of last year, the company will not disclose how many Portal devices have been sold but said the adoption is enough to inspire second-generation products.
Portal, which competes with Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest smart screens, can sync with Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp.Portal, which competes with Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest smart screens, can sync with Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Facebook owns messaging apps and the social network itself is used by more than 1 billion people every month.