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Facebook Holding Android-related Event on April 4

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Facebook appears to be ready to take Android seriously, as they just sent out invites to a press event that is happening on April 4. All the invite says, as you can see, is “Come see our new home on Android.” We’d assume this means a brand new app, but then again, maybe they have something else in store. Free voice calling perhaps? A Facebook phone? We’ll be there to find out.

Guesses?

  • TheMeanGreen

    I would gather that they are jumping in the arena of Go launcher, ADW, NOVA and making a home launcher replacement that has Facebook features deeply integrated throughout.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joelitoborreguito Joel Gerardo Urdiales

    If they make the Facebook app more… Holo? I mean, like Google+, it has a very interesting and nice interface, but almost nobody uses it.

  • XvierX

    New home? Is it not going to be an app but rather worked into the OS like google search? Perhaps we’ll be able to post statuses using voice commands.

  • Elliot Kotis

    HTC Facebook Phone -.-

  • Tyler

    FACEBOOK PHONE! FACEBOOK PHONE!

  • nightscout13

    No thanks….. Facebook already has too many permissions, what else do they want from us? Take a look at what they already do with Android devices~

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      This is for the voice messaging and camera feature genius.

      • nightscout13

        Sure it is…Actually, that one was before they changed the wording a month ago. Look at this one, just took a screenshot, still think it’s innocent?

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

          Google displays all the permissions as warning texts, but in the end the app isn’t recording without your consent.

          Stop thinking about that kind of conspiracy. If it were recording at any moment you’d see usage of data when hypothetically transferring the recorded audio and video at Android usage app and your phone would be kept awake at some moments for that maybe for example.

          • nightscout13

            This is pure truth here, and you still want wool in your eyes…I guess some people choose to be blind. It is intermittent usage i’m sure, not constant 24 hour monitoring. Also, what makes you think your phone screen has to be on in order for this to take place?

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            Some people see conspiracy on everything… Common.
            PROVE ME Facebook is collecting this info. SHOW ME logs, collect network activity showing your router / 3G is transferring data to Facebook.
            Skype, Viper, all the other voice communications apps require the same permissions. Are them collecting data?
            The screen doesn’t need to be turned on, but if there’s activity it’ll be listed on Android usage graph and in the battery section it’ll display as AWAKE. It’d still prove nothing still, as it could be any type of sync the app is doing.

          • nightscout13

            It clearly states “This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation” If that’s not clear proof to you, then I can’t help you. I’d rather error on the side of caution.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            This is for all the apps that need camera access, there’s no other way for apps to require camera access than requesting the system full control over it.

            Instagram, Camera ZOOM FX, Vignette, FxCamera, Flickr. All of them have this permission. It’s needed to use the camera to capture images.

            Just because it CAN doesn’t mean it DOES.

          • nightscout13

            Well then you are naive if you think these companies don’t abuse this permission.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            Oh yeah? Then f*ck you. I’m trying to explain in a friendly way to you that the permission listed is NEEDED FOR ALL APPS THAT HAS AUDIO AND VIDEO TRANSMITTING/RECORDING FUNCTIONS. They DON’T USE it to record at any time like stated, but it’s POSSIBLE. You can’t prove your statements that all of the companies behind the apps abuse the API…

            You’re saying 100% of phones is being constantly logged and the data is being sent to some server of the company BUT YET WITH NO PROOF. WHERE ARE THE TRAFFIC LOGS?
            100% of phones has an app with these permissions and even more intrusive permissions, even from the manufacturer or Google built-in Android apps, or from a custom ROM for example. By your logic that means that all phones mic and camera is constantly (or randomly) turned on to know what you’re doing and then being logged and then being sent over your data connection to someone’s server that’ll do “evil things” with it.

            You aren’t safe buddy, HTC, Samsung, Google, Huawei, LG, Sony, Apple, ETC ETC ETC, the XDA developers, all of them have access to everything on your device, everyone is tracking you and selling your data to Facebook. LOLLLLLLLLL

          • nightscout13

            f*ck you too pal. Choose to believe whatever helps you sleep better at night. F*cking ignorant idiot….

  • youdoneyo69

    Maybe we can finally get a tablet app!

  • Tony Allen

    A new Facebook app for Android

    #HOLOYOLO

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

      looks like r/androidcirclejerk spilled over…

      • baconslayer09

        Nexuswarriors be everywhere.

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      #holo I could up-vote, but YOLO needs to DIAF.

  • http://twitter.com/macewank macewank

    it’s a phone.. why would it be anything else? do you read your own site? http://www.droid-life.com/2013/03/08/htc-working-on-another-facebook-phone-code-named-myst/

    • nightscout13

      Gerbil memory :D j/k

  • DroidFTW

    They are forking android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pratik-Holla/1041154510 Pratik Holla

    Aw GAWD, please make it HOLO!. Best birthday present Facebook can give me!!!

  • http://twitter.com/nguyende De Nguyen

    They’re looking for people who can actually know something about Android, bring your resume.

  • http://twitter.com/AllanMcGraw Allan McGraw

    A Facebook BlinkFeed-esque widget for your homescreen.

  • Robert Goddard

    I know this isn’t constructive in any way but I’ll post anyways. Forget about Facebook, switch to G+ and don’t look back. That’s what I did. I don’t miss the nonsense about people’s farms nor the horribly made app.

    • Dain Laguna

      but hey they have an opportunity to at least fix one of those ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

    The invitation has some characteristics of holo like the dividers.

    • Greig Fields

      plus the invitation itself looks a bit like a google now card

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    Here’s hoping for a new app, holo ui, fast loading, more features, and expandable notifications for Facebook and messenger with quick reply

  • avinyc

    Probably merging with google+, would explain why the facebook logo is in a circle:)

    • michael arazan

      God the Humanity. I hope not. I hate FaceBook, from their hidden coockies that track every website you go to, unless you delete all cookies, to keeping copy’s and owning everything you post from pics, videos and ideas or thoughts you post are owned by them.

      Google + does none of that

  • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

    Yay!!! Wait does anyone still use facebook?

    • the_real_patrick_bateman

      Yeah, tons of people I am successfully avoiding socializing with on Google+

    • Justin Winker

      I checked it today for the first time in probably two months… Only to say thanks for the Birthday wishes.. Probably won’t go on again for another… month or two?

      • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

        I have facebook in a open tab but I only open it when I get a notification because most of my family is on facebook.

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    Hope it’s a new app for phones and tablets

  • http://twitter.com/TheyCallMeBT B T

    One site was reporting that it’s a little more literal. Like that they have a new addition to their campus (new home) that will be where they work on Android and related stuff. But I don’t know, sounds a little out there to me.

  • thedanks

    how bout a decent widget!

  • http://twitter.com/DaMack45 Maximus

    I’m gonna say its a Facebook Launcher. It says “Our New Home on Android” ya know…like HomeScreen. And the “Where” section is blurred. So yeah…I’m calling it a launcher…

  • msnight04

    Maybe they’ll announce a new app that was actually built from the ground up that incorporates proper Holo guidelines, loads quickly with no network errors, and notifications are actually worth using.

    … oh, what was I thinking? Facebook just wouldn’t be Facebook without a crappy app to make fun of.

    • Austin Warren

      Hopefully he stole somebody else’s idea again.

      • msnight04

        It’s going to be called Facetwit+. Posts will appear in a card like manner and updating your status will now have the option of setting your mood with crazy looking emoticons.

    • Justin Winker

      If you aren’t logged into Disqus, the Facebook logo has changed to a rounded circle also. Then again, so have the other logos (G+, Twitter, etc).

    • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

      Wait, April 4th? They got their date wrong, april fools is 3 days before,

    • r0lct

      I’m thinking a live wallpaper with widget like features. That way they can “own” your home screen. Or a multi page widget to achieve a similar effect.

  • Austin Warren

    Finally. Sick of them treating android like the red headed step child.

  • http://twitter.com/belogical2 Be Logical

    Tablet app

    • Dain Laguna

      oh my God i want this to be upvoted like crazy. while i would be happy if it actually happened….facebook has no excuse to have waited this long. not a company with that much manpower

  • teleclimber

    “home on Android”, maybe a Facebook-based homescreen replacement?

    Android allows you to do that. So why wouldn’t some megacorp with billions of addicted users try to put themselves front and center on so many phones? (no, not on my phone, FB, not on my phone.)

    • Trueblue711

      That would actually be a really good idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonhartman84 Jonathan Hartman

    Noooooooooooooooooooo, no more changes, unless it makes all the features that are good available all the time, and not half the time like it randomly is now on the app!

  • Dan

    FINALLY