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Meta rebuffs Google’s virtual reality tie-up proposal, The Information reports




By Reuters | Updated: March 2, 2024

March 1 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms (META.O), opens new tab decided against a partnership with Alphabet (GOOGL.O), opens new tab to use Google’s Android XR platform for its virtual and mixed-reality Quest headsets, The Information reported on Friday.

Google had suggested that Meta partnered with its new software platform that is being developed for virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed-reality headsets, the report, opens new tab said, citing a source involved in the talks.

But such a partnership could thwart Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to “own the next computational platform for AR, VR and mixed reality,” according to the report.

Meta is already talking to hardware companies, including South Korea’s LG Electronics (066570.KS), opens new tab, about building new VR devices using Quest’s software, the report said, quoting unnamed Meta employees.

Meta and LG Electronics did not respond to Reuters request for comment, while Alphabet declined to comment.

Meta’s Quest devices currently run on an open-source version of Google’s Android operating system, the report said.

Apple (AAPL.O), opens new tab released its mixed reality headset Vision Pro last month.

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