Tech giant Google is reportedly hiring an ‘Augmented Reality OS’ team to further its mission for building software for an ‘innovative AR device.’ The team will be led by Mark Lucovsky, who previously worked at Meta to develop an alternative to Android to power the company’s hardware. He had also co-authored the Windows NT operating system.
As per the job listings by Google, the Augmented Reality OS team will work on “the software components that control and manage the hardware on [its] Augmented Reality (AR) products.”
This, however, is not the company’s first venture into augmented reality. It has already established a strong foundation with ARCore for Android and Tango. Moreover, Google Glass, a product particularly built for enterprise use cases, is powered by Android.
“We’re focused on making immersive computing accessible to many people through mobile devices,” stated a job listing for a senior software engineer on the team. It added that the team will be tasked to “create compelling AR experiences on highly-customized hardware platforms.”
Most of these positions are based in the US. Still, some are also open for Waterloo, Canada, where Google acquired the augmented reality company behind the Focals smart glasses last year.
Nonetheless, this undoubtedly highlights that Google is actively working on developing and releasing more AR hardware.
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