Facebook successfully unveiled the new app for Android, the Facebook Home user interface overlay that comes on top of Android’s default user interface and makes everything Facebook like. The app is just another launcher, in Android terms, which provides the home screen, the launcher, and the lock screen. The app will be available for download from the Google Play Store on the 12th of this month.
Also, the app will come pre installed on some of the Android smart phones in the future, giving these smart phones a Facebook phone feel. The first smart phone to ship with Facebook Home pre installed and as the default launcher will be the HTC First, which was also announced at the event. But the world’s largest social networking website has already partnered with Samsung and Sony to put its app on their smart phones as well in the future. But what about the other very popular smart phone in the world, the Apple iPhone?
The answer would be no. Because iOS is not open like Android, which makes it difficult to publish just any app to the App Store. And we know that Apple is very controlling when it comes to the user experience. There were questions about this to Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Home launch event, and Mark was very diplomatic with his answer.
“We have a great relationship with Apple,” Zuckerberg answered. “We have integration into iOS, we’ve worked with them before. With Apple, everything you want to do goes through them. With Android, it doesn’t have to.”
While Zuckerberg admits that Facebook has a “pretty good partnership with Apple”, he is also keenly aware that Apple is adamant about controlling the entire user experience. “Of course, a lot of people also love iPhones,” Zuckerberg added. “I love mine, and I would like to be able to deliver Facebook Home there as well.”