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Facebook Home may have gotten a system dump

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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. 

Facebook Home may have gotten a system dump
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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posted on 01 Apr 2013, 13:49

1. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:15 5

2. The_Innovation (Posts: 632; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:40

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

yes thats the general idea

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:42 2

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 15:51 2

5. The_Innovation (Posts: 632; Member since: 18 Jul 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.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 16:16

6. Jurdiales (Posts: 133; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 16:32 6

7. KickRocks (Posts: 181; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

Hello Google+

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 16:39

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Damit...I knew I forgot something today (delete my fb profile).

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 17:22

9. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 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.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 18:11 1

10. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I use Google+ all the time. Way more interesting people and stuff to be found on there. No stupid pokes, and no lame games. Google+ is already integrated enough into Android that I doubt Google will ever see a need to make it the first thing we see when booting our phones. FB would be wise to make this an opt in option even with the HTC Myst, as I doubt everyone who buys into that phone will want FB taking over their device.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 20:34

11. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

I know I came offs bit harsh, but I wasn't trying too lol. I get tired of Facebook sometimes, especially with their "apps", but I've yet to have a reason to switch go Google since I have no friends on there and not really interested in reading posts room random folk (which is why I never got Twitter either). I just think a lot of people "hate" Facebook cause its a trend now. I still find Facebook to be the best network for my needs right now. And I think people who don't want Fb all over their device should probably just not buy a Facebook phone, which is what the aim of this device is.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 20:35

12. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Damn, there are way too many typos in that post.

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