Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Apr 2013 22:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, Facebook sent out an invite to a press event, to come check Facebook's 'New home on Android'. The press and bloggers went nuts, proclaiming that Facebook would fork Android and create its own phone. However, if you didn't wear the sensationalism-induced glasses, it was obvious from the invite itself that there would no forking of Android, and AndroidPolice confirmed it today.
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by Tuishimi on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:07 UTC
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Last week, Facebook sent out an invite to a press event, to come check Facebook's 'New home on Android'. The press and bloggers proclaimed that Facebook would fork Android and create its own phone. However, the invitation mentions the trademark 'Android', a dead giveaway that Facebook is not forking Android, because those that do are not allowed to use the Android trademark.

Today, AndroidPolice has a lot more to say about what Facebook will soon unveil. They've got their hands on a system dump from the HTC-built Facebook phone, and, it's running regular, unforked Android. The Facebook magic comes not from the operating system, but from the launcher. All evidence points towards this launcher replacement becoming available through the Play Store.

There appears to be no skinning. In fact, the image files inside the APKs make it clear you can set Google as your search provider, even though Facebook itself prefers Bing. It would be an interesting shift if Facebook collaborated with Google on this project.

This raises some questions, the most prominent of which is advertising. Advertising has pretty much made the Facebook application on Android unusable. How will the Facebook launcher treat advertising?

We'll know for sure come 4 April, but from what we know so far it seems rather underwhelming. A mid-range sense 4.5 HTC phone with a Facebook launcher.

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