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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Calling Facebook, again


Next April 4 Facebook is planning an event related to Android. "Come and experience our new home on Android" says the invitation. Of course there are many ways to interpret the message, but as little is likely that Facebook launched a new version of the app for the green android platform .
So far, a safe bet
Now comes the interesting part. Facebook takes a few years trying to break decisively in the phone world. It has launched several phones with HTC and other brands but generally are models that have had very little success. In addition to the updated version of the app, Facebook Dare with a phone again despite past failures?
Until yesterday, my answer would have been a resounding no. The company probably choose this time a less direct route, launching their own version of Android, with its integrated services but ready to install on other devices. Something like what Amazon has done a "fork" of Android, but without relying on their own hardware or at least open to manufacturers to decide whether it is worth integrating in return for certain agreements with the social network.
Android Police said they had access to the beta version of the software that prepares Facebook and while some of that there seems the major announcement next Thursday will be a new mobile itself, created again with HTC and now it seems to be named after HTC Myst.
Not a high end phone but rather bet on average benefits, at least is what follows from the features that this version of the software lets find out: 4.3 inch screen and 5 megapixel camera. According to Android Police, will have a home screen that might be unique, with a slightly different visual appearance and certain applications, such as internal messaging social network, integrated by default.
"Although this is a version for developers is clear that Facebook is preparing an app that will change the home screen / lock [Android]".
My question is whether Facebook can get, this time, that operators and users consider buying a mobile specifically tied to the social network. Clearly, the company considers itself an actor when only present through an app and looking to have more control, but neither Apple nor Google will let you take it without paying a very high price.

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