Facebook’s new “home on Android” will actually be a forked OS called Facebook Home


Facebook recently sent out an invitation to an event on April 4th where they’ll be showing off their “new home on Android.” Well, we’ve got some new rumors about what that’s going to be a few days ahead of the event.

That home on Android is actually going to be called Facebook Home, and it’s going to be a forked version of Android specific to the Facebook phone(s). There’s no word on whether this will still feature traditional Google apps and be more of a heavy overlay like HTC’s Sense, or if Facebook is going all the way and completely cutting ties with Google like with the versions of Android that ship on Amazon’s Kindle devices. Considering how well the HTC ChaCha didn’t sell, though, I think Facebook is likely going to want to take the Amazon approach here and tweak the entire experience around Facebook, not just adding a handful of extra apps.

Aside from that, they’re still in discussion with carriers about the device, so hopefully we’ll learn more in a few days when it becomes official.

source: 9to5 Google

About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001950987546 Jeb Eldridge

    No Play Store? No thank you!
    I don’t want to have my security compromised every time I turn on my phone by some damn Facebook scam

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobertLandrum13 Robert Landrum

    How about Team Zuckerface gives us a decent FB app first before they go killing themselves with this OS garbage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prasad.tiruvalluri Prasad Tiruvalluri

    This is hard to believe. I do not think Facebook wants to manufacture a phone just for the sake of manufacturing. It wants to be on every possible phone. The way it can do that is not by forking the Android OS but using a facebook launcher. It will a lot more success that way than forking the OS. Let us see if this analysis is correct or not though.