Facebook Home may have gotten a system dump

Facebook Home may have gotten a system dump
Today of all days, it seems almost pointless to try to report any actual news because there will always be the lingering worry that any good story is nothing more than an April Fool's Day prank. With that in mind, Android Police is claiming that it has gotten its hands on a full system dump of Facebook Home for Android.

As skeptical as we are that this is a prank, it does make sense that this is legit. Facebook's announcement event is just three days away, so a leak at this point wouldn't be unheard of. The story goes that Android Police got a system dump of the upcoming Facebook Home, which is expected to be a launcher replacement and baked-in layer for Facebook on select devices. AP says that there is "always-on DRM" which limited the number of screenshots they were able to pull. 

The dump allegedly came from a mid-range HTC device codenamed "Myst", which is built for the AT&T network. The dump reveals a new version of the Facebook app, which is named “com.facebook.wakizashi” rather than the usual Facebook app, “com.facebook.katana”. A wakizashi is the shorter secondary sword traditionally used by samurai along with a katana. 

Facebook Home apparently has some extra Android permissions, including the ability to create windows on top of all other windows, disable your lock screen, start on boot, control system settings, and even see what other apps you have running. That's a lot of information that you'd have to fork over to Facebook if you wanted one of these devices

The dump included app tray icons, compose icons, and even a Google search icon, which means Facebook may not try forcing Bing in this deal. It also looks like Facebook Home will be offered through the Play Store as an alternative launcher, though it may not have all of the features of the baked-in version. 

We'll see the real thing soon enough, and know for sure if this was a prank or not. 

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8 Comments

1. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

not true google will not let this happen only for google +

2. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Can someone explain to me what exactly this Facebook Home will be? Is it like a launcher?

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yes thats the general idea

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The idea is that it will be an alternative launcher through the Play Store, which replaces your home screen with your Facebook feed. There also supposedly will be certain devices that have it baked-in, and on those devices the camera and messaging apps will be replaced with Facebook camera and Messenger.

5. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

So not only do they know people's information online, now they want to get into their phones from the core. No thanks. Thanks for clearing that up for me by the way, I appreciate it.

6. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

What Facebook needs to do is fix their already crappy app... it's pretty, but not so funtional.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Hello Google+

9. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

This IS optional guys. Facebook isn't forcing all users to get this. I wonder in how long Google+ will be stigmatized... Well people need to start using it first.

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