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