If Facebook is developing a pervasive app for Android, it will do so for the iPhone too. Given the availability of Android source code, Android is the right choice for iterating a first build of a Facebook Phone. Facebook will be able to iterate the design and perfect it, and then with a clear specification, Facebook's iOS developers can take on the daunting task of replicating its function for the iPhone, without the benefit of source code and the challenges of the byzantine Apple App Store release rules.
On Thursday, Facebook will release either a co-branded Facebook/HTC phone (think Nexus 4) with a very pervasive and improved Android Facebook app with many of the typical on-deck apps de-emphasized or removed, or Facebook will introduce an improved Android Facebook app for which its developers employed every method short of modifying and rooting Android to make it preferable to other apps. This release will prioritize Facebook Messenger/Mail, Facebook Contacts, Facebook Wallet and Facebook Newsfeed over every other app. Given that app store technology is widely available, Facebook might even introduce a Facebook app store.
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