For the past couple of years, talk of a “Facebook Phone” has been up and about, hinting the social network giant’s intent in taking part the mobile phone industry.
With rumors noting that HTC is to be commissioned in developing a “Facebook Phone”, the “leaks and newsbits” of its development have been silent for some time, until recently.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook had recently sent out invitations to an April 4 event, telling members of the media to “Come See Our New Home on Android”, with the invitation equated as the social network giant’s hint in finally rolling out a Facebook-branded operating system.
The new “Facebook OS” is essentially a purpose-built operating system built on the Android backbone, and not exactly an altogether new operating system in itself. The report shares that Facebook integration will be at its highest in the “Facebook OS”, with its user interface expected to be steeped from Facebook’s overall look and feel, with direct news feed updates and access to Facebook-linked apps possible to do so.
With Facebook recently rolling out its Messenger App (not to be confused with the Facebook Messaging Service), the company also introduced VoIP capabilities for its iOS app variant this year, leaving the prospect of a re-branded Facebook variant of the Android operating system one that can’t be dismissed as a hoax.
Though the invite could be an indication for a new version of the Facebook app for Android, it certainly has gained a lot of attention since word of the invitations being sent came about.