Facebook is throwing an Android event at its headquarters in Menlo Park in exactly a week - on April 4th at 10am Pacific to be precise. We've just gotten our invite, and from the looks of it, so has the majority of the Android and tech press. Needless to say, Facebook wants as many eyes as possible on whatever it's about to announce, be it a new Facebook-heavy phone, another app, or maybe even a full-fledged Android-based Facebook OS not tied to specific hardware.

Judging by the "Come see our new home on Android" motto, I highly doubt it's going to be a single app or an app update. Rumors of a Facebook phone have been flying around for years, but we're not going to get ahead of ourselves either, especially since Mark Zuckerberg vehemently denied every one of them in the past. TechCrunch thinks it's going to be a modded Android OS running on HTC hardware. 9to5Google corroborates the HTC rumor with "people familiar with the development of the marketing campaign," which evidently will focus around the user, rather than the phone. Further, 9to5 says the HTC Facebook phone will be "reminiscent" of an iPhone, with a central home button flanked by two "function" buttons.  It's possible. Let's just see what happens come next Thursday, shall we?


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  • http://www.facebook.com/invisibleelvis Jack Crowe

    I couldn't care less about their new phone. I'm hoping this is a decent app.

    • Jay T

      I want messenger and the default app to merge, and I want a tablet app. Then I'd be happy.
      Edit: also, push notifications, and more speed is always good. They should take some pointers from the G+ app.

  • Ridho

    No, I have the gorgeous G+.

  • blahmoomoo

    I'm not social-centric, so pass. I'm sure there's a market for it, but I wouldn't know how big it is.

  • Brenden

    I'm still waiting for my Facebook to change over to the New Newsfeed!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/rushikh Rushir Parikh

    I bet its going to be a completely redesigned Facebook app.

    • Régis Knechtel

      I hope so

  • Danny Holyoake

    If this was a separated Android 'fork' OS, they wouldn't have used the Android term within the title of this presentation. That leaves new app/update, or new hardware.

    If it really is a hardware foundation with HTC, I don't think other OEMs have anything to worry about (assuming this is to compete them). Does anyone even remember the HTC ChaCha? Exactly.

    My personal hope is that this is a significant Android app or update, but given what we know of the Android development team for Android I'm not holding my breath.

    In any case, rather exciting event in the slow months before Google I/O.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      I don't know why you're being downvoted; I think you're right about the Android term. I'm also hoping for an app update since the current still kinda sucks.

  • Kevin M Combes

    Facebook Launcher.

    • Guest

      That would be such insane amounts of pointless

      • MacMan156

        Facebook Blinkfeed for all phones?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Zerounodos Manoleta Bocchia de Coussillan

        Pointless to you and me, maybe, but for the general folk that just uses their phone for facebook? That's not such a bad idea.

    • Laurence

      The phrase "our new home on Android" does suggest a new Facebook-integrated homescreen replacement. This would actually be a pretty smart strategy for them. Instead of launching their own "Facebook phone", they would be able to transform millions of existing phones into de facto Facebook phones. I also imagine they would get lots of installs from non-geeks who search for "Facebook", and then have no idea how to change their launcher back to the standard one.

      • Gunsranger

        Laurence .. yeah it seems to be... i think it must be a launcher !

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        You're logic and reasoning seem pretty solid to me, but I have to think there's no way that could be it.

      • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

        either way... it took them years to make a working facebook app for android... what makes you think this launcher is gonna be at all functional

  • ferdinand

    I surely hope for a significant update to their app on android because it sucks

    No holo theme, slow response, bad and slow notification, no contacts sync

  • Freak4Dell

    Wasn't the HTC Chacha the Facebook phone?

    Also, reminiscent of the iPhone, with a central home button and a function button on each side? Isn't that more reminiscent of the Galaxy phones? Then again, I guess it was decided that the Galaxy phones are reminiscent of the iPhone, so maybe they just cut out the middleman.

  • FrillArtist

    It's probably a new Facebook main app with a bunch of new features and "mini apps" inside it like Messenger and Games or something.

  • bytewise

    It has got to be more than an app. Facebook is not going to host a event just for a redesigned app. That too just for Android.

    • http://twitter.com/JorgeBranco_aus Jorge Branco

      Considering they recently hosted an event to launch graph search I really wouldn't be surprised.

  • Claye

    How about an app that actually works. That would be an event.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tautvydas.kaziukonis Tautvydas Kaziukonis

      Never had a problem with the current app

  • mldi

    No doubt that whatever it is, it'll be fully over-complicated. No, not the idea, but the implementation by Facebook's "engineers".

    • Peacen1k

      And will account for at least 50% of your daily battery drain even if you don't interact with it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vdogg89 Victor Stuber

    You guys are reading too much into this. They will announce a new version of facebook for Android.

  • Matthew Fry

    All smartphones are reminiscent of the iPhone. That's because they are all thin rounded rectangular pieces of plastic and metal with a big touchscreen. That's like saying all electric cars are reminiscent of the Nissan Leaf. It wasn't the first car, it wasn't the first electric car, it's just the most popular right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    "Further, 9to5 says the HTC Facebook phone will be "reminiscent" of an
    iPhone, with a central home button flanked by two "function" buttons."

    So it'll be reminiscent of an iPhone by not being like any iPhone ever and being like a Sony phone or a Samsung phone or any one else who use the back, home, menu layout?

    • Peacen1k

      I find most tech-bloggers to be pretty clueless.

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    I love the name of their street. Hacker Way. Classic.