Facebook to Unveil Its Own Android-based OS Next Week
March 29, 2013 10:49 AM
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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.
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.
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
, but nothing ever came of that. In 2011, "Buffy" was
first reported on
, 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.
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4/1/2013 8:32:08 AM
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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