Google is recruiting in several positions working on an “augmented reality OS” for an AR device, such as reported by 9TB 5 Google.
There are a variety of open positions involved in creating the software for this AR device, with the Senior Software Developer, Embedded list providing a description of the team working on the operating system:
Our team builds the software components that control and manage the hardware of our augmented reality (AR) products. These are the software components that run on AR devices that are closest to the hardware. As Google adds products to the AR portfolio, the OS Foundations team is the very first software team to work with new hardware.
The full list of jobs is here. Likewise, the announcements of Senior Software Engineer, Camera and Senior Software Developer Tech Lead, Input describe the creation of software for an “innovative AR device”. The listings indicate that this OS team “is the very first software team to work with new hardware.” It’s unclear what the nature of this device is, but the OS and new hardware angle seem to involve a dedicated AR device, such as a headset. Apple is working on a still unannounced VR / AR mixed reality headset while Meta prepares a high-end headset named Cambria, and we expect Google to be very interested in the AR product category.
Marc Lucovsky also revealed that he had started a new position at Google this week. Lucovsky previously led the VR / AR operating system effort at Facebook / Meta, where he reportedly built a new operating system for AR. He also worked as a Microsoft engineer for many years, where he co-developed Windows NT. He will be now “Lead the augmented reality operating system team” at Google.
Most of Google’s recent efforts in the VR / AR space have focused on AR – the company has gradually reduced its focus on VR, ending support for Daydream, shutting down Google Poly, and shutting down its open source. Tilt Brush art software. With these new job postings, it looks like Google’s focus will likely stay on AR for the foreseeable future.