Facebook Home is not a threat to Android or Google (neither is Samsung or Amazon)
0. phoneArena 13 Apr 2013, 12:31 posted on
There is always a lot of talk around products that are supposedly "threats to Android" or "threats to Google", but we think that those arguments are looking at the puzzle the wrong way. Facebook Home is something wholly different and interesting, but it isn't a threat to Android. Samsung is by far the dominant handset maker in the Android ecosystem, but it isn't a threat to Google. Amazon completely forked Android and stripped out Google all together, but you know what? It isn't a threat to Google...
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1. osmaankhaan (unregistered)
no threat to google or android so case solved and closed.
9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Unfortunately this does creates a big problem, fragmentation. Too many customizations makes things inconsistent especially with version upgrades.
13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Inconsistency is only a problem for people who use a bunch of different devices all the time. If you use one device, there's no such thing as inconsistency, because there's no reference points for differentiation.
19. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Plus with the help of CyanogenMod you can have all your devices the same and on the newest version of android!
28. omar300 (Posts: 159; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
Well there is nexus line up for people who fear fragmentation. i think of fragmentation as a flavor of android.
fragmentation is nothing new. all not so smartphone used to have their own java interface. nokia had their own, samsung and lg and everyone had their own.
none of that stopped people from buying it.
39. nanbanda (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
they start with something but end with another thing, history to repeat itself, lets wait and c.
49. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Fragmentation is history .. SJ is long dead and with him went all his RANTS ...
20. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
Actually instead of saying facebook home is a threat to google, I can say the opposite. I am not into facebook but I liked facebook home somehow after I installed it in my gn2. Imagine if facebook home is only available for Android then I guarantee you that all facebook lovers would love to switch from ios or wp8 to android just to get this app. Time will tell if I am right.
22. akki20892 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
2. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
I like Android cause not all are the same. Take the Lumia 920 and 8X. Same CPU, same GPU. Same OS, no difference. Take the One and S4. One has Sense, one has TouchWiz. one has a thermometer, the other doesn't. One has a Exynos CPU and GPU. One has a Snapdragon CPU and a Adreno 330 GPU... The people want choice.
There's ANDROID, then there's everything else.
8. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Honestly, I like the idea of having multiple OS for me to choose from.
But so far Android is the best there is...there's so much you can do within the ecosystem. And as a result Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola and such can differentiate themselves from each other even though they're from the same base. I think Android still has a long journey of success.
16. SleepingOz (Posts: 2377; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Beware when you say that Android is the best OS, although it's true, some haters might not like it and call you a fanboy. That's being said, I agree with what you said.
Even if they're all running on the same platform, they offer different experiences. And that's the beauty of Android!
18. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
O, to clear the confusion i'll add that i like all OS and OEMs. Best as in what the world also admits...it is capable of being everywhere. WP, iOS and such hold their own status...and they're good, but still Android edges slightly in terms of customizability, implementation and adaptation.
3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 343; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
if Nokia would have adopted android & done something different like Facebook home while adding smart camera innovations, they definitely would have been on top.Instead they are busy with MS filing antitrust lawsuit.
7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 492; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
While I believe Android is a great OS and Nokia would have been much profitable with it, I think that competition is required for an OS to get better. Android doesn't really have much competition other than iOS, which is showing its age. If Nokia would have adopted Android, then there really wouldn't be any competition at all and Google would refuse to make Android better just like what MartyK wrote.
12. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Competition is necessary for the growth, not only for Android, but also for every OS it is competiting against.
4. MartyK (Posts: 665; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
The Only Threat to Android is Google, if Google gets lazy or refuse to make AndroidOS better and better then it will cease or lose market just like the OS before and during Android.
35. joey_sfb (Posts: 1866; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Notice there no law suit between Amazon and google. Samsung with Google.
Those that benefit from Android source code so far had no compete with each other in an adverse manner which i think is what Google has successfully achieve. In fact they are ally to those that wanted to attack them in court.
11. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
lmao! There isn't anything that threatens Android! It's nothing but tickles xD
17. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Neither to the blinkfeed?
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Of course it is not a threat, it is just piece of bloatware...
25. taz89 (Posts: 1899; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Hey Michael are you sure smart stay etc is built on 4.0 facial recognition or are you just assuming cause the galaxy s which runs gingerbread pre 4.0 has facial recognition too so maybe its not built on face unlock....as for the article completely agree, every time someone builds something on android the nerd techs all jump to the conclusion that its a threat..like you said Google are not stupid and expected android to be modified etc it was the whole point of android.
30. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Face Unlock is only part of it. Back in Android 4.0 the stock camera also had functionality that would morph your face to show off the facial recognition that Google had built in. That stuff has since been pulled though.
32. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Nothing is a threat to android. The only way android will be in trouble is if they start getting lazy and stop innovating.
edit: just noticed basically the same post by martyK above lol.
40. Shrihari (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
firstly people like samsung because of the android in it...everyone hate bada like anything(which itself is a complete copy of android ui)...that java based os is the boring s**t of all time with no useful apps....if samsung abandons android then there existed a company called Samsung..
41. DigitalJedi_X2 (Posts: 203; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Good article Michael. You are far and away the only writer here on PA that shows any real kind of sense. But to say that Blackberry is on its way out is totally wrong. If BB is on its way out then so is WP. I constantly see tech journalists saying WP is making strides but where? They're in the single digits market share wise. Almost no one is adopting it. And outside of Nokia, none of the WP devices agree moving any real units. BB moved a million Z10's and it wasn't even a full launch or a full quarter. The Q10 will probably move more. BB10 has far and away more functionality than WP or iOS. And while iOS is a big player in North America, World Wide its no threat. Its basically becoming a niche player. But overall, great article.
48. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
As I said, the biggest movement for WP is in Europe. In a few countries it has or is close to overtaking iOS in market share. WP is growing in the US, it just needs more devices. Nokia isn't enough.
BB is losing share and WP is gaining. Simple as that.
42. psigate (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
tried it and i agree not a threat. i uninstalled it a few minutes after using it