Why did Facebook choose Android to launch its new app for mobile devices? That is because the Cupertino tech giant does not allow third party apps to become the default launcher, but Android does. That is because it is open, user and developer friendly, and all that stuff. Facebook chose Android to work on the Facebook Home because a product such as Facebook Home is possible only on Android right now. There may just not be any other reason. But how does Google feel about this, given the fact that the two companies are virtually rivals in more than one department?
Well, it is difficult to say that because the search engine giant has been putting up a very happy face till now, or is at least trying to. Google is not in a position to ban the Facebook Home app from Android even if it wants to, because Google has never banned any apps like that, which is one of the leading causes for the increase of malware in the Android eco system. And even if it does, that would so clearly mean that it is not being competitive and supportive of the concept of competition. And it could also mean that Google is scared that Facebook Home would become very popular.
Google has said Venture Beat that Facebook Home “demonstrates the openness and flexibility that has made Android so popular.” And that much would have sufficed, but Google could not resist that even though this could become a popular app on the Android eco system, people will still be using many Google apps. Google has been quoted as saying that Home is “a win for users who want a customized Facebook experience from Google Play — the heart of the Android ecosystem — along with their favorite Google services like Gmail, Search, and Google Maps.”
What does this mean? You tell us.
Source: Boy Genius Report