Thursday, October 23, 2008

No Facebook app on Android

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...MySpace already has released their Android app and we were all eager to see Facebook's response to that. Unfortunately, it seems that a Facebook app for Android will take some time to land.

A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch that Facebook is looking for external persons to develop the app. The Facebook API is available to third-part developers or even Google to develop an app using Facebook services.

This means that Facebook have no intention on working themselves on an Android app, unlike what they did with the iPhone app which was developed internally by Joe Hewitt or with the RIM app, for which Facebook lent some developers to help RIM develop the app.

What is the reason behind all of this? According to TechCrunch, Facebook and Google developed an ill relationship when a year ago, Microsoft was chosen by Facebook as their ad partner and investor. Google reacted by supporting MySpace and by launching Open Social with most of Facebook's rivals.

Facebook seems to have made up their minds so having a sleek Facebook app on Android is still one for the future.

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