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The phone could provide Facebook news feed stories right on the home page, link your phone contacts with those who are also Facebook friends, etc.

While a Facebook Phone has been through the rumor mill several times over the years, it looks like this idea has finally come to fruition -- and it will be revealed next week.

The press has been invited to a Facebook event at the company's headquarter in Menlo Park next week. The invitation states, "Come See Our New Home on Android."

On April 4, Facebook plans to reveal an Android operating system that is deeply customized with Facebook features and a Facebook homescreen. The new OS will run on a HTC handset. 

According to TechCrunch's sources, this will not be a full rewrite of Android, but rather a version that is just heavily integrated with Facebook's different features. It is said to have native apps like Facebook Messenger.



The phone could provide Facebook news feed stories right on the home page, link your phone contacts with those who are also Facebook friends, etc. It is expected to be a full social phone experience.

It is rumored to be called "Facebook Home," and would likely allow Facebook to gain even greater reach in observing its users' social behavior. Facebook can now step out of just keeping tabs on what you do on your computer and now see who you're calling, texting, etc. This could help Facebook develop new products for keeping people connected based on their social behaviors (and help them target better ads).

Last May, it was reported that Facebook and HTC had teamed up for a smartphone project codenamed "Buffy." 

Facebook has been trying to launch a smartphone for years. In 2010, a possible device was leaked by TechCrunch, but nothing ever came of that. In 2011, "Buffy" was first reported on by AllThingsD, but again, nothing materialized. "Buffy" came back into the news last year, and now, it looks like an Android-Facebook OS is the end result. 

Source: TechCrunch



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RE: that sound
By sigmatau on 3/29/2013 1:37:06 PM , Rating: -1
I'd rather have "fragmentation" than what Apple does with their phones.

Let me see, people with 3GS phones, or iphone 4 phones can't do several of the "great" features that iOS claims to have. But hey, they can go into their settings and about phone and yell out loud that they have the latest software!!!!11

What's the difference? Apple lies to its customers by pushing a new version yet many of the phones can't handle it while Android allows their older phones to stick with older OS that runs better with said devices?

Yup.


RE: that sound
By Tony Swash on 3/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: that sound
By retrospooty on 3/29/2013 4:40:07 PM , Rating: 2
Goog God man, do you ever stop? Any article about any competition and there you are, trying to make it look bad. Are you really that afraid of Android?

Yes, what a failure the worlds most popular and fully functional mobile OS is. Google should be shaking in their boots. OH NOOO!!!! A major internet player is going to release a phone based on our OS! THE HORROR! What will we do. We didnt make the OS to be used, we wanted it in a museum! Oh, wait... Nevermind, that IS why we made it.


RE: that sound
By Tony Swash on 3/30/2013 8:05:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Goog God man, do you ever stop? Any article about any competition and there you are, trying to make it look bad. Are you really that afraid of Android?


I am not trying to make anyone look bad just pointing out that Android, whatever it's technical merits, is a failure as a commercial and business strategy for Google. Google knows that and will probably try to do something about it in the next year. What Google chooses to do about it will be very interesting to watch.

quote:
Yes, what a failure the worlds most popular and fully functional mobile OS is. Google should be shaking in their boots. OH NOOO!!!! A major internet player is going to release a phone based on our OS! THE HORROR! What will we do. We didnt make the OS to be used, we wanted it in a museum! Oh, wait... Nevermind, that IS why we made it.


Google made Android so that it would not have it's services shut out on mobile devices, it was originally a hedge against the slow growth of Windows Mobile and Rim, and was then reset to compete against iOS. For Google to get what it wants from Android the spread of Android should also spread Google services but that is not what has happened. If you add the Amazon fork (which is Google free), the Chinese Android device makers (which are Google free) and Samsung Android devices (which are on the way to being Google free) then Google services are on a minority of Android devices. Meanwhile Google continues to carry all the costs associated with the development of Android. Now Google's arch enemy Facebook looks like it will fork Android again to create it's own mobile OS, all funded by Google. This is not strategy that is working for Google. Hence Rubin's departure from the project.

In addition to the spread of 'Google free Android' there is the additional problem that Google's revenues per user on Android is low because Android has turned out to be a very lightly used platform, it's on a lot of devices but it's light use for anything other than telephony means that it is actually very inefficient at generating the sort of use of Google internet services that Google expected and wanted especially compared to iOS.


RE: that sound
By retrospooty on 3/30/2013 9:21:22 PM , Rating: 2
You are really clueless when it comes to companies other than Apple. Just stick to Apple because you just dont get what is going on with the rest of the world. Android big and scary and no make sense to Tony.


RE: that sound
By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2013 10:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
Just use TonyLogic (tm) and remind him that Google's stock is soaring and Apple's took a nosedive. So by his own logic of profits > everything else, Google's strategy MUST be working. Not only working, but superior to everything else out there.

But yeah a phone that doesn't exist yet, and might not gain any market share at all, is proof in his mind that Android has "failed". Just...hahahaaha okay.


RE: that sound
By retrospooty on 3/31/2013 12:23:03 AM , Rating: 2
Ya really. I think he sees the latest range of powerhouse 1080p Android superphones and feels threatened that his "precious" doesnt measure up.


RE: that sound
By Tony Swash on 3/31/2013 7:29:16 AM , Rating: 2
So that's it guys? That's the best you can do? You clearly don't agree with my analysis of the shortcomings of Android as a business strategy for Google but all you offer in rebuttal is essentially just saying insipidly 'you are wrong', 'Apple's stocks gone down and Google stock is up' and this Android phone has a better screen than the iPhone.

Pathetic.

Can none of you string an argument together? Do any of you have anything upstairs at all? Do you know what a rebuttal argument even is? I expected more and I am disappointed.

Reminds me of this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvcnx6-0GhA


RE: that sound
By retrospooty on 3/31/13, Rating: 0
RE: that sound
By Reclaimer77 on 3/31/2013 10:39:06 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry Tony, can't hear you over the sound of Google approaching $1,000 a share! LMAO

quote:
Can none of you string an argument together? Do any of you have anything upstairs at all? Do you know what a rebuttal argument even is? I expected more and I am disappointed.


Maybe if you stepped back and looked at this, you would realize people stopped trying to have serious arguments with you years ago. Because there's just no point!


RE: that sound
By retrospooty on 3/31/2013 10:54:57 AM , Rating: 2
That would be the ultimate laugher... Instead of Tony's insistence that Apple will hit $1000, Apple falls 1/3 in price (which has already happened and Google hits $1000 (which its well on its way). I guess the worlds most popular and full featured mobile OS is a failure.

Google is doomed! ;)


RE: that sound
By Tony Swash on 4/1/2013 7:39:45 AM , Rating: 2
I see that the Beavis and Butt-head of tech are still struggling to come up with a cogent comment. Keep trying guys no matter how hard to hurts!


RE: that sound
By retrospooty on 4/1/2013 8:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
The answer is right there numbnuts... You are here on an agenda and there is no arguing with you. Google is firing on all pistons and Apple is sliding. Your whole concept is flawed when you posted "Google made Android so that it would not have it's services shut out on mobile devices" you have zero idea what you are talking about and zero idea what Google's business plan is. Google is doing great, profits up, stock up , and they have the #1 mobile OS on earth. #1 in sales and #1 in features / functionality. End of story.


RE: that sound
By StormyKnight on 3/29/2013 11:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
Lack of updates? Hmmmm... Here I am with the least supported Galaxy Nexus phone and I happen to have the latest OS (4.2.2) update without having to root.


RE: that sound
By Tony Swash on 3/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: that sound
By faust67 on 4/1/2013 8:32:08 AM , Rating: 2
I don't have a smartphone. Yes, there are people who don't use smartphones, but in case you might think I am a old fart with no technological background, I will just mention that I am a software developer with 20 years experience. However, my wife has a Samsung phone with Android 2.3 and she is happy with it. You don't need to have the latest version of an OS to do what you want to do. My brother in law is an iPhone/iPad fan and he bought all the models Apple has released. Is he doing more with the latest hardware/software? No, not at all. He just falls for the marketing noise.
In regards to market fragmentation I don't see an issue. I am a Linux user (I just use Windows and OSX when I have no choice) and I am used to the different Linux distros that are tweaked for different needs (multimedia, servers, old hardware, development, ...). When Ubuntu's latest versions were using a window manager I didn't like, I just switched to another distro (Mint after testing Mandriva and Suse). I welcome choice and as long as applications can run across all flavors of Android, all is fine. Google might want to take control back but I think it is too late now, other open source options start to appear on the market (e.g. Firefox phone OS, Ubuntu phone OS) and manufacturers will have no problem switching in a blink of an eye.


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