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Facebook Home is not a threat to Android or Google (neither is Samsung or Amazon)

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:31

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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posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:35 16

1. osmaankhaan (unregistered)

no threat to google or android so case solved and closed.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:17 3

9. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Unfortunately this does creates a big problem, fragmentation. Too many customizations makes things inconsistent especially with version upgrades.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:29 21

13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:16 8

19. fur0n (Posts: 75; 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!

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 16:20 1

28. omar300 (Posts: 209; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:28

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.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 20:06

49. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Fragmentation is history .. SJ is long dead and with him went all his RANTS ...

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:28 1

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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:08

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)



posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:21 2

23. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

it is treat to google +

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:49 13

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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:16 4

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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:51 1

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)

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!

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:10 1

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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:51 9

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 418; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:12 2

7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:21

12. MobileJunkieJr (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I concur!
Competition is necessary for the growth, not only for Android, but also for every OS it is competiting against.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:53 12

4. MartyK (Posts: 947; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:55 6

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)


posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:15

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; 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.


posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:59 1

6. Troysyx (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Great article!

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:20 2

11. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

lmao! There isn't anything that threatens Android! It's nothing but tickles xD

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:03

17. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

Neither to the blinkfeed?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:07 2

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Of course it is not a threat, it is just piece of bloatware...

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:21

24. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

it is treat to google +

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:59

25. taz89 (Posts: 2014; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 16:53

30. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; 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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 18:24

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.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:27 1

38. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

Lovely article michael :)

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:50

40. Shrihari (Posts: 102; 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..

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