Facebook, the world's biggest and most addictive social social networking site prevailing in the world right now is all set to hold a big mobile centric event. This time, it seems to be specifically holding the event for the Google's Android OS.
Well, Facebook has sent out invitations to the tech media world for an event on April 4, 2013 at Menlo Park, California. The invite says "Come see our new home on Android", hence, the most likely option to be announced at the event - a Facebook smartphone or a Facebook related Android operating system.
Of course, everyone seeing this invite would think of the first option - Facebook smartphone likely, HTC Myst, which has been speculated and rumored to a large extent. Facebook has reportedly been working on a campaign with the Taiwanese manufacturer to possibly design the hardware of a smartphone.
According to a TechCrunch report, an inside source has suggested that Facebook could be on announcing an operating system, which will be a modified version of Android with woven Facebook functionality. What can an operating system do without a hardware, thereby making sense on a smartphone completely integrated with the social network.
Earlier this month, the specs of HTC Myst smartphone leaked online seeming to be in line with the Facebook smartphone rumors. According to the leaked details, the handset could run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and have a 4.3 inch display, 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front camera for video calling.
Back in 2011, HTC launched a couple of Facebook centric smartphones - ChaCha and Salsa. Unfortunately, these smartphones launched with the Facebook button on them were a huge flop despite of their usefulness for Facebook enthusiasts.
Though the tech world is flooded with a lot of rumors regarding the Facebook smartphone, the CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been continually denying his entry into the smartphone business. Moreover, as Facebook has been on a spree to launch many advanced features including Graph Search and News Feeds since the beginning of this year, hence, at the event on April 4, the social networking firm might come up with an enhanced app or feature for Android OS.
Furthermore, according to a Wall Street Journal report, "The social network has been developing new software for mobile devices powered by Google's Android operating system that displays content from users' Facebook accounts on a smartphone's home screen-the first screen visible when they turn on the device, people familiar with the situation said."