Invites go out for Facebook-Android event on April 4th

Invites have gone out to various members of the press asking for their attendance for an event that is definitely Android related; but to what extent?

As speculated by Engadget, it could be either a smartphone, or simply an update or revamp of the Android Facebook app. The latter seems more likely if you cast your mind back to July last year, when Mark Zuckerberg denied there were any plans for a Facebook phone.

At the time Zuckerberg stated, "There are a lot of things you can build in other operating systems as well that aren’t really taking, that aren’t really like building out a whole phone, which wouldn’t make much sense for us to do."

Zuckerberg's answer did leave some room for a partnership with another company to make a smartphone with some Facebook features. Indeed, HTC did try to launch an Android-based smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button in 2011. The phone, which was called the HTC Stratus in the US, was a sales failure for its wireless carrier AT&T and is no longer available from that company.

Whatever happens, we'll find out soon enough next Thursday when all is revealed. Stay tuned!

Source: Engadget

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I seriously doubt this is a phone. I sure hope it's not. A nicer Facebook app would be sweet, although I don't have any problem with the current one.

You guys are expecting much out of FB. How often have they had such events only to talk about some new minor feature no one really cares about? I wouldn't get my hopes up.

If this was a phone, wouldn't we have heard more details about it already? Facebook isn't a small company that can stay under the radar very easy so if they were manufacturing (or even designing) a phone this would've been picked up already, right?

DarkNet said,
I do. I have the new search and new News Feed

How did you get them? Did you join the waiting lists or were you just given them?

I'm becoming disappointed with how slowly Facebook rolls this stuff out and how they don't seem to value the users that actually want this stuff and actively seek it out. I understand they have to test it, but if people specifically wish to have it and sign up for it, they should get it first, in my opinion. I joined the waiting list for the new News Feed as soon as the page went live (I kept refreshing until it was live), and 8 of my friends already have it before me (some of whom have confirmed to me that they didn't join the waiting list).

HoochieMamma said,
Isn't this going to be the native Android app that they where talking about a while back?

A native application on Android is practically impossible to do. Unless they like working with non-standard C libraries and enjoy coding thousands of control structures at the command line then I think we can safely say this is not a native Android app. I have a feeling this is a "Facebook" phone because if it was just an update I don't think they would go to all this effort!

We already have it far as I know. I mean it looks hardly different from the old version but alot faster due to been written in native Android code rather then HTML5.

I'm honestly surprised by this, I always though Facebook was Google hostile (they even briefly used Bing maps over Google maps on the Android Facebook app). Times change and guess Google's marketshare is too large for Facebook to continue to snub them. Look forward to see what they have planned.

ingramator said,

A native application on Android is practically impossible to do. Unless they like working with non-standard C libraries and enjoy coding thousands of control structures at the command line then I think we can safely say this is not a native Android app. I have a feeling this is a "Facebook" phone because if it was just an update I don't think they would go to all this effort!

Can't be that impossible, explain how the current Facebook app is already native? I agree though, this announcement is most likely the much rumored Facebook phone.

Edited by Xerxes, Mar 29 2013, 11:53am :

ingramator said,
A native application on Android is practically impossible to do.

I'm sure they are quite capable of writing an android app. there are 500,000 other ones in the play store already.

I'm very sure is a phone. They could replace the home.apk to facebook.apk but then there is no way of switching on gps, wifi, bluetooth etc Or could be simply a fb button on your phone somewhere.

Xerxes said,
We already have it far as I know. I mean it looks hardly different from the old version but alot faster due to been written in native Android code rather then HTML5.

I'm honestly surprised by this, I always though Facebook was Google hostile (they even briefly used Bing maps over Google maps on the Android Facebook app). Times change and guess Google's marketshare is too large for Facebook to continue to snub them. Look forward to see what they have planned.

Can't be that impossible, explain how the current Facebook app is already native? I agree though, this announcement is most likely the much rumored Facebook phone.

If the forked android, and their own app store (which they basically already have on facebook anyway) then that would be snubbing google, much like Amazon has done with the Kindle.

Google should be worried imo

ingramator said,
A native application on Android is practically impossible to do. Unless they like working with non-standard C libraries and enjoy coding thousands of control structures at the command line then I think we can safely say this is not a native Android app. I have a feeling this is a "Facebook" phone because if it was just an update I don't think they would go to all this effort!

Sounds like somebody mad there's still no official FB metro app

Waaaahhhhhhhhh

HoochieMamma said,
Isn't this going to be the native Android app that they where talking about a while back?

We already have a native app on Android from Facebook. What this will be is something like a Home Screen replacement. Think something like a new launcher. Hence why "Come See Our New Home" It is about as close as you can get to a Facebook Phone without worrying about hardware.

I really don't see what the big deal is. FB likes to have a press event for every minor thing they do lately.

Like all things tech, I will install it just to check it out.

MVD said,

Sounds like somebody mad there's still no official FB metro app

Waaaahhhhhhhhh

How has that got anything to do with the fact its near impossible to write native apps on Android... Maybe you're mad you can't get native C apps on Android?