With the change of the company name from Facebook to Meta, Mark Zuckerberg wanted to demonstrate the change of interest of the company: he was no longer going to focus on social networks, but rather he was going to push it to create virtual reality applications and solutions and the metaverse. A few months after the name change, it could have been leaked that they have canceled an ambitious project of an operating system for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in which 300 people worked.
Meta would have suspended the development of a custom operating system that was to be used for the next virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. The Information has released this news today, which states that the cancellation was made in the month of November,
It is true that Meta has the Android-based operating system used in Quest’s VR devices, which is comfortable for them to use, but it makes them dependent on the operating system of an external agent such as Android. The Information reports that development of the XROS operating system began in 2017 and had more than 300 people working on it.
There is no reason to fear that the cancellation of XROS will affect Meta’s plans to produce new augmented reality glasses in the short or long term. At most, it would indicate that they would continue to use an Android-based system for now. XROS development may have stopped shortly after Mark Lucovsky announced that he was leaving to work on a similar project at Google. Lucovsky’s resignation came after former Facebook employee Frances Haugen publicly accused the company of damaging business malpractices in a 60 Minutes interview.
Everything indicates that Meta is still interested in creating its own operating system, which could include a revamped version of XROS. Meta’s incursion into metaverses and augmented reality is a very large project and with expectations of being one of the great promises of the future of the internet, such as the so-called web3.
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Meta may have canceled a Virtual Reality operating system in which 300 people worked