Thursday, November 04, 2010

How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans [Phandroid]

Excerpts from an insightful assessment of Facebook’s mobile platform play (via Louis Gray).  The identity/authentication/access control part of the story is probably causing serious Android anxiety inside the Googleplex.

Mark Zuckerberg addressed this in his opening statement today by saying [paraphrased], “Facebook is not going to build a phone. We want to empower social applications across all platforms. We don’t want to build applications, but instead platform components for people to build on top of moving forward.”

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Facebook doesn’t want to become the next MySpace. Building a phone does nothing to create a barrier to entry and it does nothing to further the social landscape which fruits they would then be able to enjoy. Let’s take a look at exactly what Facebook announced:

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[The “phandroid” part was inserted by the blog post publisher]

How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans

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