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"What if we didn't design phones so that they're apps first," but instead were "people first?,"...

"What if we didn't design phones so that they're apps first," but instead were "people first?," Mark Zuckerberg rhetorically asks while showing off Facebook's (FB +1.9%) Android UI, which is simply called Home. As rumored, Home has a streamlined UI, delivers news feed updates on its home page, and offers quick access to full-screen photos, Messenger, and other Facebook content/actions. Though Google (GOOG) probably isn't thrilled, Zuck insists Facebook isn't building a phone or an OS. "The great thing about Android is that it's so open," he adds, in a not-so-subtle dig at Apple (AAPL). (live blog)
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  • LonW
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    "Facebook isn’t reinventing the wheel. It’s more like they’re getting ready to sneak up in the middle of the night and strap shiny blue rims onto everyone else’s wheels," TechCrunch's Greg Kumparak points out. And that's a good thing, too, mobile industry consultant Chetan Sharma tells NBC News. "If it's just a phone that's going to be pushed by HTC, its chances are going to be limited," he explains. "[HTC] doesn't have the marketing powers."
    4 Apr 2013, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Apple should just open a good social media site. Want to see Zuck then.
    4 Apr 2013, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • Mike Cowan
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    I can't tell you how much Facebook sucks. Facebook is a roach-motel for coneys.
    4 Apr 2013, 04:48 PM Reply Like
  • Jeach!
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    It depends to what extent Facebook 'forked' the Android code...

     

    1. If it doesn't use the Google app store, or
    2. Doesn't use Google's browser, or
    3. Compromise the Android ecosystem in any way

     

    Then Google should boot Facebook off the Android bandwagon (sooner than later).... then we'll see how much success Facebook has in trying to sell a device as fOS or FaceOS (or whatever).

     

    I bet they'd have trouble selling 1 million... so if they want the privilege of riding the Android bandwagon, they better play extremely nice!
    4 Apr 2013, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • adrian816
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    I doubt google can complain, android is open / customisable to the extent that as long as a facebook environment complies with the android compatibility tests it can be called an android device. Facebook need googles app store, not offering it is pointless. However there's nothing to stop facebook designing the user interface or layout to gain an advantage over google.
    5 Apr 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
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