With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook is trying to prove that a company doesn't have to make a smartphone or operating system to define how people interact with mobile technology. The audacious move will provide further insights into how pervasive Facebook has become, testing whether people want to be greeted with content from the social network every time they look at their phones.
When people start
downloading the Home software upon its April 12 release in the U.S.,
Facebook will become the new hub of their Android smartphones.
on your phone and you'll see friends' photos, overlaid by status
updates, links and eventually, advertisements in Facebook's quest to
bring in more revenue and restore its stock price to where it stood when
the company went public nearly 11 months ago.
About 80 percent
of what currently appears within a Facebook user's News Feed will
automatically be transferred into the "cover feed" of the Home service.
For instance, a sibling's status update might be featured prominently on
the phone's home screen when it's unlocked. Swipe a finger and there
might be a photo posted by one of your best friends. Want to like what
you see? Just tap on the home screen twice. Comments can be posted
directly from the home screen, too.
Other Facebook features,
such as video, will be added to Home in future months. A Home version
for Android-powered tablet computers also will be coming later this
Once they have had their fill of what Facebook is feeding
them on the Home service, users can just swipe a finger on the screen to
get to all the standard Android apps to listen to music, watch videos
or send email.
At first, Home will only work on some Android
devices, including HTC Corp.'s One X and One X Plus and Samsung
Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2. For now, Home isn't
compatible with the Nexus phone designed by Google, a fierce Facebook
rival whose pliable Android software is being modified to accommodate
the new service.
Home is debuting after several years of
speculation that Facebook intended to make its own phone or mobile
operating system to drive more traffic to its social network. Facebook
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the speculation never made sense to him because
he believes a company-produced phone might only end up in the hands of
10 million to 20 million people. The Home service gives Facebook a
chance to take control of the main screen of every phone running on
Android, the leading mobile operating system.We have been manufacturing tooling for
the past fifty years and have supplied a considerable number. In the
U.S. alone, about 64 million people will be relying on Android-driven
phones this year, estimated the research firm eMarketer.
building a phone isn't enough for Facebook," Zuckerberg said Thursday
during Home's unveiling at the company's Menlo Park, Calif.,
The idea behind the software is to bring Facebook
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existing camera app and other features. Though cameras and calls won't
be built into the initial version of Home, Zuckerberg promised the
software will be updated at least once a month to add more features and
"Home" comes amid rapid growth in the number of people
who access Facebook from phones and tablet computers. Of the social
network's 1.An experienced artist on what to consider before you buy handsfreeaccess.06 billion monthly users,A car solarpanelcells is
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lot. 680 million log in using a mobile gadget. As a result, the money
Facebook makes from mobile advertising is also growing. Taking over the
entire screen of smartphones and, eventually, tablet computers will
provide Facebook for a larger canvas for selling mobile ads.
already a multibillionaire, didn't dwell on Home's moneymaking
potential Thursday. Instead, he depicted the software as a noble attempt
to put a higher priority on personal relationships than utilitarian
That statement implies that using Facebook on Apple's
iPhone and other smartphones may become a less enriching experience.
Apple Inc., which rigidly controls how apps work on the operating system
built for the iPhone and iPad, has ingrained more Facebook features
into the most recent versions of its mobile software.
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downfall. I've told how I sensed at the Boston trial of Connolly the
prosecutors seemed to be really after Billy Bulger who never committed
any criminal act. Wyshak confirmed this.
Wyshak explained to the
NBC reporter that what caused Connollys dnouement was his loyalty to
South Boston and to the Bulgers. That is Bulger plural, Whitey and
Hearing Wyshak say that my gut feeling Connolly was being
scapegoated to get Billy was confirmed. Follow that statement through.
You know Wyshak is a vengeful prosecutor threatening to indict family
members to squeeze pleas or cooperation. You have to be absolutely
positive that Billy must have led a totally impeccable existence if
Wyshak who has had him in his sights is unable to indict him for
something,He saw the bracelet at a luggagetag store while we were on a trip. anything.
know the first question Wyshak must have asked the gangsters who came
crawling to him for a deal is, "What can you tell me about Billy
Bulger." Neither Flemmi, who was Whiteys partner and would know of any
connection between Whitey and his brother and have gladly exposed it;
nor Weeks, who was Whiteys daily companion year after year and likewise
would have thrown Billy into the fire to benefit himself, had anything
to offer against Billy. Nor did any of the many other gangsters who had
to cough up what they knew to get a deal.