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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

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Facebook doesn't want its hardware to be at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system. That's why the company has tasked Mark Lucovsky, a co-author of Microsoft's Windows NT, with building for Facebook an operating system from scratch.

"We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us," says Facebook's Vice President of Hardware Andrew Bosworth. "We don't think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that's the case. And so we're gonna do it ourselves."

By moving to its own OS, Facebook could have more freedom to bake social interaction deeper into its devices. It could also prevent a disagreement between Google and Facebook from derailing the roadmaps of its gadgets. Facebook is exploring all the options right now, including potentially partnering with other companies or building a custom OS specifically for augmented reality.

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