Facebook considering bringing Home to Windows Phone, iPhone [Update]


Facebook developed its Home software platform for Android, but it may soon come to Windows Phone devices.

Facebook is considering bringing its recently released Home software package to Windows Phone and iPhone, a company representative revealed in a new interview.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Adam Mosseri, Facebook's director of product, said the social network company is currently in discussions with both Apple and Microsoft. Despite the discussions, however, there are no deals in place that would bring the software to either platform; because Android is an open-source operating system, no deal between Facebook and Google was required.

"We've shown [Apple and Microsoft] what we've built and we’re just in an ongoing conversation," Mosseri told Bloomberg.

If the software package came to Windows Phone or iOS, it would likely be in a much different capacity than it exists on Android. Microsoft and Apple maintain strict standards for app development on their respective platforms, and Facebook Home in its current form likely wouldn't meet those standards. Mosseri noted the issues in his interview with Bloomberg, saying what comes to the platforms may not even keep the "Home" name.

"It may or may not be Home. We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app," he said. "That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen. Maybe then it's not called 'Home,' it's called something else."

Conversations with Microsoft could potentially be bumpy, however, given recent comments by a company spokesman.

In a post on the official Windows Phone blog, Frank Shaw, Microsoft's vice president of corporate communications, said Facebook was merely copying what Microsoft has done with its Windows Phone operating system that integrates with several social networks. Shaw's criticism alluded to the fact that "put people first" was a slogan Microsoft often used when promoting the smartphone operating system; when Facebook announced Home, its executives repeated a mantra of the software putting "people first."

Update: Despite Mosseri's comments to Bloomberg, a new report from The Next Web claims Facebook has not engaged in discussions with either Microsoft or Apple to bring Home to their respective platforms. The report cites an unnamed "source inside Facebook."

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Facebook

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There's not even an official facebook app for wp8 yet. The ones you see are either weblinks or made by third parties and poluted with ads, which makes it unusable.

I wish there was an adblock app

We all know Apple isn't going to allow any app that will skin the UI. Facebook should bring the functional to a stand-alone app. Microsoft isn't going to allow a skin either.

Shaw's criticism alluded to the fact that "put people first" was a slogan Microsoft often used when promoting the smartphone operating system

Quite fairly too I might add. Microsoft was using that slogan for a long time for WP. It was even the slogan for WP 7.5's campaign.

Facebook Home is already in Windows Phone. It's called the People Hub (which is essentially what Facebook got the Home idea from)

cetla said,
Facebook Home is already in Windows Phone. It's called the People Hub (which is essentially what Facebook got the Home idea from)

sure. While fbh and WP are similar, Home has a brilliantly designed multi tasking messaging feature at its core. Find the videos that show its chat heads feature. It actually solves a problem of small screens that WP and iOS and Android don't solve: interrupting what you're doing for a SMS.

Seems to me that WP already has its own version of home build natively into the OS itself. But not just facebook but twitter, linkedin and msn as well. Facebook should help improve the synergy between its services and WP instead. For example facebook chat is build into the message tile but the connection isnt perfect and you cant send offline messages. If facebook supports that then they have a great competitor to whatsapp available om WP.

Ronnet said,
Seems to me that WP already has its own version of home build natively into the OS itself. But not just facebook but twitter, linkedin and msn as well.

Skype is also integrated into the People hub. Hopefully XBL will be too one day.

I would imagine Apple would just allow it as an app, but Microsoft could use it as a way to update the people hub to allow Twitter and Facebook a way to integrate with Windows Phone in deeper ways, as well as messaging and notifications

I haven't used the new Home interface. But Windows Phone's live lock screen seems to be the same thing. Can anybody point out the differences on Windows Phone?

There's not much difference TBH lol. 'Home' is just a skin really. I agree with the other commenters, rather than wasting time on this non-sense, they should be creating an epic first-party version of their app for all platforms.

MrHumpty said,
I haven't used the new Home interface. But Windows Phone's live lock screen seems to be the same thing. Can anybody point out the differences on Windows Phone?

Exactly. WP doesn't need (nor does it allow thankfully) another skin that provides the same functionality, only worse... All Facebook did here was rip a bunch of ideas already found in WP and make it worse. Rather than allow friends from anywhere, it only works with Facebook for instance.

Maybe instead of creating a new "Home" app, FB should actually build a good first party app for windows phone. The current FB app was initially developed by Clarity Consulting, hired by MS. That company is no longer in control of the facebook app today. Some small group in MS must control the app's development now. FB should take this app from MS and improve it drastically or rewrite it.

I think my biggest issue with that idea is that I don't trust facebook to do it either, they'd probably c--k it up even more than Microsoft -_-

Besides, it need to be redone from the ground up, not rewritten, no 'control' needs to be taken of what's there to do that! =P

ChristopherSmith said,
I think my biggest issue with that idea is that I don't trust facebook to do it either, they'd probably c--k it up even more than Microsoft -_-

Besides, it need to be redone from the ground up, not rewritten, no 'control' needs to be taken of what's there to do that! =P


Agreed. I'm happy with Microsoft in control of the app. Facebook does nothing but create junk anymore.

kidjenius said,
Maybe instead of creating a new "Home" app, FB should actually build a good first party app for windows phone. The current FB app was initially developed by Clarity Consulting, hired by MS. That company is no longer in control of the facebook app today. Some small group in MS must control the app's development now. FB should take this app from MS and improve it drastically or rewrite it.

Which FB app? Because there are many of them in the Store.

The People hub? That's not even a FB app. I tried that on Win 8 and it just plain sucked. Still waiting for an actual, decent FB app like what iPhone has.