Facebook Home on iOS and Windows Phone: what are the chances?

Facebook Home on iOS and Windows Phone: what are the chances?The Facebook Home app has been officially available since Friday for select Android devices, though given the number of 1-star user ratings popping up it hasn't exactly been universally loved so far.

As of now, however, Facebook Home is Android-only. So when is the social network's mobile software wizardry coming to other platforms?

At the Facebook Home launch event a couple of weeks ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke of his company's “special relationship” with Apple when talking about why Home was focusing on Android and not iOS.

“We are integrated into the operating system with them,” Zuckerberg said. “We have an active dialogue to do more with them.”

Now to our ears that actually confirms nothing whatsoever, but Facebook director of product Adam Mosseri has suggested moves are indeed afoot to get some version of Home onto iOS – and Windows Phone too.

“We’ve shown [Apple and Microsoft] what we’ve built and we’re just in an ongoing conversation,” Mosseri said in a Bloomberg interview.

“It may or may not be Home,” he said. “We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen. Maybe then it’s not called Home, it’s called something else.”

One thing's for sure – Facebook won't get the same ease of access to iOS or Windows Phone that it enjoyed when putting together Facebook Home for Android.

Given Android's massive mobile footprint these days, and the fact that other platforms aren't exactly having to live without Facebook altogether or anything, there's probably no great pressure on those “conversations” to turn into anything more for the time being.

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satchef1  Apr. 16, 2013 at 22:35

Home on Android ain't that great. It takes over too much of the OS and replaces it with something inferior. As a lockscreen it would be cracking, but as it stands you lose too much.

WP is still the 'Facebook OS' to be honest. It has the tightest integration and the People Hub is a lot slicker than Home.


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