SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook might be about to announce something Android based. Maybe.
We don't know exactly what the firm is doing, but we do know that it is doing it later this week.
Invitations are going out for an event to be held this Thursday at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. They don't say much, but tells us that Facebook is about to have "a new home on Android".
This could mean anything. Facebook could have a new version of its Android app coming out. But is that really worth laying on coffee and biscuits at its headquarters office?
The social network that has over one billion users could be pulling itself off of Apple's iOS and all other operating systems and web browsers. But that would be an act of madness. Speculation, therefore, is rife that the firm will announce some sort of custom Facebook Android operating system.
That doesn't make much sense to us. Facebook is already all over smartphones of all creeds and colours. However, last week it did kick its VoIP free calling system into the laps of European customers, so perhaps, it does fancy a move deeper into communications.
Facebook is not talking about this until later in the week. Which at least assures us that this is not an April Fools prank.
Facebook does do good business on mobile. Of its over one billion monthly active users, 680 million access it from a mobile device each month. Once there they spend on average 11 hours a month on the social network. Desktop users, which we take to mean people who might be at work, only manage to spend six hours. µ
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