Facebook, Apple in talks over Facebook Home

Macworld Australia Staff
16 April, 2013
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After announcing Facebook Home for Android devices a fortnight ago, reports indicate Facebook is already in talks with Apple about an iOS version.

In a push to boost revenue, Facebook is hoping to expand its access to other mobile platforms according to a Bloomberg interview with Adam Mosseri, the Director of Product at Menlo Park, California-based Facebook.

“We’ve shown them what we’ve built and we’re just in an ongoing conversation,” Mosseri told Bloomberg in reference to conversations with Apple and Microsoft. Jen Martin, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, declined to comment.

Asked about an iOS equivalent at the Facebook Home launch, Zuckerberg said the smooth openness of Android meant Google intervention wasn’t required, but Apple’s mobile platform would require a direct partnership.

“We have a great relationship with Apple. Anything that happens with Apple is going to happen with partnership. Google’s Android is open so we don’t have to work with them,” Zuckerberg said during the event.

Facebook’s new mobile app, which gives Android phones quick access to Facebook services and social network on mobile devices, is a collection of apps that users can download to their smartphones to boost access to Facebook content and messaging with friends.

Mosseri told Bloomberg the iOS version would be so different that it “may or may not be [called] Home”.“We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. 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.”Read our Facebook Home breakdown here.



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