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Facebook Announces Android Event for Next Week

By - Source: TechCrunch | B 7 comments

Are the Facebook phone rumors about to come to a head?

Rumors of a Facebook phone have been doing the rounds for a very long time. Facebook has remained pretty tight lipped about its mobile plans so getting any confirmation or information on a potential handset was never going to happen. Reports vary on whether or not it will be an actual phone or software for a third party device. Today, the social network offered a hint with the announcement of an Android event scheduled for early next month.

Facebook today sent out invitations for an event set to take place on April 4 (next Thursday). Though the invites doing give much away, they do ask attendees to "Come See Our New Home On Android." The event will take place at Facebook's headquarters and is rumored to feature a custom version of Android with Facebook integration.

TechCrunch cites its own unnamed source that said there would be a press event in early April to unveil a modified version of Android. Another source said this version of Android would offer "deep native Facebook functionality on the homescreen that may live on an HTC handset."

The event is scheduled to take place next Thursday at 10 a.m. PDT. We'll keep you posted on any developments.

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    slomo4sho , March 29, 2013 10:15 AM
    Facebook integration... as if privacy wasn't already an issue with android.
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    dalethepcman , March 29, 2013 10:34 AM
    Probably GPS integration so all your Facebook friends can see where you are all all times. Not that this wasn't already available for Android / iOS for other commercial and non commercial reasons (carrierIQ).
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    ps3hacker12 , March 29, 2013 10:34 AM
    slomo4shoFacebook integration... as if privacy wasn't already an issue with android.


    Just so you know iOS already has twitter and facebook integration, every action that relates to them requires confirmation, i am almost entirely certain the same will be for android. Why would they risk their public image by not doing so? and anyway HTC wouldn't allow it.
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    SchizoFrog , March 29, 2013 10:53 AM
    Toms, Facebook has not been tight lipped about a Facebook Phone, they have categorically said several times over that they are not making or planning a Facebook Phone.
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    otacon72 , March 29, 2013 9:29 PM
    Facebook is merely developing home-screen replacement software for Android devices that integrates Facebook functionality and HTC is the first manufacturer to integrate it in a phone.

    I trust Facebook with my privacy as much as I do Android. No thanks.
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    tobalaz , March 30, 2013 7:02 AM
    And you thought it was a pain in the @ss to get facebook off your HTC before.....
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    itchyisvegeta , March 31, 2013 2:25 PM
    Perhaps they should first work on facebook software that actually functions correctly on the Android phones, before releasing a phone of their own.
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