Facebook lining up Android homescreen app, not a Facebook phone - WSJ

Facebook lining up Android homescreen app, not a Facebook phone - WSJYou may have seen news of the press invite that Facebook sent out yesterday in the US to “come see our new home on Android” at an event on April 4 next week.

It's led to yet another spate of Facebook phone rumours, but the WSJ says FB wil actually be showing off an Android tweak to effectively give Facebook a permanent place on devices' homescreens.

Rolling out the old “people familiar with the plans” line, the WSJ reckons the event will be dedicated to showing off what is in effect a Facebook app, but one that'll be made available to device manufacturers rather than end users, hence the big deal and special launch event.

The same sources say Facebook will show off the service initially using an HTC smartphone – no surprise considering its close working relationship with the Taiwanese firm historically.

However, it should ultimately be available for the majority of Android users, though manufacturers will need to make some tweaks to the Android software to make the move possible.

The New York Times reports a similar story, though it's pushing it more as a bespoke Facebook-themed Android OS and playing up the HTC angle, bringing it closer to the original Facebook phone rumours many were predicted.

Regardless of which version is more correct, it still won't do any harm for HTC to be associated with Facebook, considering the latter's 650m mobile user base and increasing interest in forging closer ties with Android now that Google's OS has cemented itself as the leading mobile platform globally.

Google certainly won't mind either given the increased traffic to its own services like YouTube and Google Maps that greater Facebook action from Android users would entail.

Not all Android users will welcome the move, especially if like me you're one of the increasingly small percentage of technology lovers (like me) who still believe you can function successfully without Facebook ruling your every move. Well, in my case the “successfully” bit might be a stretch, but anyway.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2013 at 18:52

+1
I have a vague understanding of why people voted for Bush jr twice, and I strongly believe there is a market for invisible razor blades. Facebook, on the other hand, ... A mystery. Implausible and uncalled-for. (Like?)

AhmadCentral  Mar. 29, 2013 at 21:30

But Jan, i heard you have over 1,000 friends on facebook?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2013 at 21:32

But Jan, i heard you have over 1,000 friends on facebook?

There actually IS a Jan Stuhlmacher on Facebook! o_O I tried to sue, but no go. :p
Not me!

AhmadCentral  Mar. 29, 2013 at 21:42

OH MY GOD! THE "St" STANDS FOR STUHLMACHER

http://www.memesay.com/script/timthumb.php?src=http://www.memesay.com/memes/Jackie-Chan-Mind-Blown.jpg&h=400

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2013 at 21:44

It's a proud name :p

AhmadCentral  Mar. 29, 2013 at 21:46

I always thought it was pronounced S (breath) T

Or you thought you were a saint or some crazy shizzz like that.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2013 at 21:56

SuperTroll...and SoTired

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2013 at 23:25

It's a proud name :p
Chair Maker, proud ;)?

AhmadCentral  Mar. 29, 2013 at 23:58

Jan Sex Therapist ;)

(think i need to get off the PC now)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 30, 2013 at 00:12

Jan Sex Therapist ;)

(think i need to get off the PC now)

Ahmad...I think it's time for bed, mate :p.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2013 at 08:23

I am shocked!

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 30, 2013 at 09:00

I am shocked!
At what?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2013 at 10:32

At everything :p and at nothing, and at that, too ;)

AhmadCentral  Mar. 30, 2013 at 18:44

I'm shocked Jan isn't a sex therapist :(

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2013 at 19:14

I could be one...
I mean, this forum is somewhere on the 12-step route for recovering geeks, innit?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2013 at 19:15

... and only procreational pressures can possibly explain some troll behaviour. Also, where's pondlife?

AhmadCentral  Mar. 30, 2013 at 21:54

I heard he's the guy behind the Jan Stuhlmacher account on facebook....

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