Facebook has sent out invitations for an event to be held at its headquarters on 4 April, where we’re told we’ll be seeing its, “New home on Android.” Could this be the unveiling of the Facebook Phone? You know, the one CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said isn’t coming? Perhaps, at least in a way, yes.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook will show a modified version of Android, with Facebook functionality at its core, ready to be used on other firm’s hardware. It sounds like the approach Amazon has taken with Android on its Kindle tablets, but we won’t know how recognisable Android is underneath a Facebook skin until the event.
This would certainly fit with Zuckerberg’s claim it’s not building a phone, as it will have built an operating system instead. Apparently, the OS’s home screen will be a version of the Facebook news feed you see on the website, and include quick access to Facebook’s apps and tools. Sounds a little like HTC’s BlinkFeed on the HTC One.
HTC has long been linked with the so-called Facebook phone, and recently, a device codenamed Myst has been leaked again. The phone could be the first device to run Facebook’s new Android OS, and may be the successor to the HTC ChaCha or Salsa.
Of course, all this is pure speculation, and the event could be for something more mundane than these grand rumours. A reworked Android app for example?
Facebook’s event will take place on 4 April, which is next Thursday, at 10am local time in California. It’s the first Facebook event we’ve looked forward to for a while, and we can’t wait to see what they have for us.