Facebook Again Imagines a World Without Google and Android

Facebook is reportedly planning to build its very own operating system as a replacement to Android in an attempt to reduce reliance on Google’s software, especially as the company is pushing harder for its very own hardware in VR and smart device markets.

The social network first tried to invest in an in-house operating system back in 2013 when it developed a custom version of Android for an HTC phone that many referred to as the Facebook phone. The project pretty much failed because it never gained traction, so this time Facebook is aiming for a difference approach.

The company doesn’t want to compete against Google in one of its top markets, namely smartphones, but build a platform to power its VR and smart devices without the need for Google services.

Officially, this plan has never been confirmed, but in a statement for The Information, Andrew Bosworth, F… (read more)

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