Meta reportedly pulled the plug on a customized working system that was imagined to energy upcoming digital and augmented actuality headsets, though its full reasoning and future plans nonetheless aren’t clear, and the corporate has denied it’s scaling again its total OS efforts. The Information reported the news today, saying the corporate previously named Fb suspended improvement of a venture referred to as XROS — named after XR, an umbrella time period for AR / VR — in November. That leaves Meta with the Android-based working system utilized in Quest (beforehand Oculus) VR units, one thing that gives comfort but in addition makes Meta depending on one other firm’s OS.

The Info article studies that XROS improvement started in 2017 and had greater than 300 folks engaged on it. It’s apparently synonymous with the “reality operating system” that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CTO Andrew Bosworth have mentioned publicly earlier than. In June of 2021, Zuckerberg described making a “microkernel-based operating system” that will give Meta tight management over each layer of its {hardware}, saying a group was “pretty far along” on the initiative and pegging its existence to “the ‘not too distant future.’” There’s no signal that canceling XROS will have an effect on Meta’s plans to supply new AR glasses, which embody prototypes generally known as Mission Aria and Nazare, however it might apparently imply that they use an Android-based OS.

Improvement on XROS reportedly stopped quickly after group lead Mark Lucovsky, previously of Microsoft, introduced he was leaving to work on a similar AR OS project at Google. Lucovsky instructed The Info that he departed after former Fb worker Frances Haugen publicly accused the corporate of dangerous enterprise practices in a 60 Minutes interview, in addition to due to “the company’s new metaverse-centric focus,” a reference to Meta’s curiosity in VR and AR-heavy digital worlds.

Zuckerberg has seemed to VR and AR as a approach to escape the dominance of Apple and Google in cell phones, nevertheless. And the corporate reportedly stays curious about constructing its personal OS — probably together with a revived model of XROS.

Meta rebutted The Info’s reporting with a press release emailed to The Verge by communications supervisor Sheeva Slovan. “We are not halting or scaling back our operations in building a reality operating system,” the assertion reads. “The team continues to make progress and we continue to invest in building for future computing platforms like AR glasses and wearable devices to help realize our metaverse vision.”

Meta VP Gabriel Aul additionally posted a tweet addressing the article. “There are several technical directions we’re pursuing in our efforts to build @RealityLabs operating systems, we’re still working on a highly specialized OS for our devices — we remain very much invested in this work and continue to dedicate the resources necessary to build this,” Aul wrote. “We are growing this team, not shrinking it. Come join us.”

Replace 11:30AM ET: Added assertion from Meta.

Replace 3:00PM ET: Added tweet from Gabriel Aul.


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