Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
How Will Google React to Facebook's Android Hijacking?

How Will Google React to Facebook's Android Hijacking?
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

"The big question is whether Android licensing terms will change in the future to prevent something like this to happen," said analyst Shaw Wu of Facebook Home. "The other downside is that Facebook Home arguably further fragments Android, requiring the need for developers to make multiple versions of the same apps."
 


Now that Facebook has introduced its new Home suite of Android apps, opinions on it have begun rolling in. Although few have seen the HTC First, the first and only smartphone built to feature Facebook Home, comments on the concept are notable. So are its implications for Android.

Facebook Home aims to offer up your friends' latest updates on your home screen and messages that reach you no matter what you're doing. After Home becomes available in the Google Play store April 12, all you have to do is download it and sign in to your Facebook account.

Cover Feed, a constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your News Feed, is always present when you wake up your phone. You can swipe through to see more photos and updates, double tap to "like" a post and comment right from Cover Feed. Other features include Notifications, Chat Heads that let you jump in and out of conversations while you do other things on the device, and app launching that lets you see your favorite apps and post to Facebook from the same place.

Facebook Hijacks Android

We turned to Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee, for his analysis of Facebook's latest offering. While it remains to be seen how adoption will play out, he told us he views Facebook Home on Android as another potential competitive threat to Google's mobile monetization efforts. Samsung is the other threat.

"We find the 'people first' interface of Facebook Home refreshing and new versus apps and tasks today on most mobile devices," Wu said. "However, we believe the barrier to entry isn't that high for others to replicate. Though we have to admit that one big advantage that Facebook undoubtedly has is that it is by far the most widely used social network."

Wu believes Facebook Home hijacks the Android user interface. He said it essentially becomes the main user interface for an Android smartphone and puts Google services like Gmail, search, YouTube and Play in the background.

Will Android's Terms Change?

"The big question is whether Android licensing terms will change in the future to prevent something like this to happen," Wu said. "The other downside is that Facebook Home arguably further fragments Android, requiring the need for developers to make multiple versions of the same apps."

Wu said another question worth asking was whether there was a significant market for a social-focused mobile device. As he sees it, this is ultimately a matter of whether users want a prominent view of their friends and feeds at all times. He said this could particularly be an issue for users with a lot of Facebook friends.

"HTC is the first hardware partner and it is a relatively smaller player with 5 percent market share in Android," Wu said. "It will be interesting to see if Samsung, the dominant leader with 42 percent share, signs up to create a FB smartphone and/or tablet when it has its own software and Internet ambitions."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Tech
1.   HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
2.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
3.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
4.   Best Buy Leaks Moto 360 Watch Info
5.   Google Buys Contextual Image Startup


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
Can be POS device for small business.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.