Facebook Home is supposed to be the next big exciting thing to hit Android, or so the social network wants you to think. Essentially, it’s a software layer that goes on top of the stock Android experience to highly integrate Facebook services within the platform.
Facebook Home puts your friends, messages, and notifications at the forefront of your smartphone, allowing you ubiquitous access to the social network throughout Android by way of features including Cover Feed, Chat Heads, Messenger and an exclusive App Launcher.
The first smartphone to gain Facebook Home integration is the HTC First. As you would expect, that is an Android-powered smartphone. Due to the closed nature of the iOS operating system, the iPhone will not be receiving Facebook Home at any point in the foreseeable future. That’s not because Facebook is a rival with Apple, as it truly wishes it could deliver the service on the number-one selling smartphone in the United States.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says it himself:
“We have a pretty good partnership with Apple, but they want to own the whole experience themselves. There aren’t a lot of bridges between us and Google, but we are aligned with their open philosophy,” Zuckerberg said. ”Of course, a lot of people also love iPhones. I love mine, and I would like to be able to deliver Facebook Home there as well.”
If you are an iPhone user, this might change your perspective on iOS software. While the iPhone might be the most popular smartphone among American consumers, among several other countries, Apple has rigorous control and enforces tight restrictions over its mobile operating system. And, in this case, it hindered a potential partnership that the Cupertino-based corporation could have kindled with Facebook.
While there are numerous upsides to the closed experience that iOS delivers, the bottom line is that innovation must not be limited by the particular smartphone that a consumer uses. If and when iPhone software restricts users from accessing innovative services, which Facebook Home has the potential to be, then it becomes a problem for users. Perhaps you feel differently. Be sure to voice your thoughts in the comments.