Invites for the Facebook and Android event “Come See Our New Home On Android” on April 4th in the Bay Area is sent out–and is speculated to be an announcement of a new HTC Stratus smartphone, or an update of the Android Facebook app.
According to sources, it’ll be a modified version of Android mobile operating system (referred to as an “application layer”) with deep native Facebook functionality on the homescreen that may live on an HTC handset. That’s makes sense–as HTC had already in 2011 tried to launch an Android-based HTC Stratus in the US, with a dedicated Facebook button.
The project could be called as “Facebook Home”, and may include Facebook news feed stories and data splayed out right on the home screen, along with easy access to Facebook apps.
While focusing its recent efforts on features like Graph Search and News Feed, Facebook’s been clear that mobile is a top priority for 2013.
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.”
“With deeper control of a modified operating system would bring huge opportunities to Facebook to collect data on its users. With, Facebook knows that who you send SMS and call are important indicators of who your closest friends are. Its own version of Android could give it that info, which could be used to refine everything from what content you’re shown in the news feed to which friends faces are used in the ads you see,” writes Techcrunch.