Facebook Phone System Dump Offers Insight Into Company’s Android Plans

What’s Facebook planning for its April 4 Android event? While there had been some earlier talk of the HTC Myst arriving as a Facebook phone of sorts, more recently we’ve been hearing that it could be focused on a new identity for its Android app, evolving into “Facebook Home.” Now a system dump has arrived that seeks to pull the curtain back on exactly what the company’s planning.

Apparently pulled from the HTC Myst, as configured for operation on AT&T, the dump reveals a new version of the Facebook app, identified as “com.facebook.wakizashi” versus the “com.facebook.katana” with which we’re already familiar; it’s not clear if wakizashi is just for development purposes, or if this is also how the app will publicly arrive. The app’s set up to only work with Facebook employee accounts, so we’re limited in what we can see of its operation.

What is clear is that Facebook Home intends to replace your existing home screen with one directly connected to your Facebook account. The app has all the permissions a home screen would need, including those to read settings from various launchers. Notably, there’s TouchWiz support in here, suggesting this won’t be an HTC exclusive.

So, for now this is looking like Facebook will announce its new home-screen-replacement Facebook app, and while it should become available for download for all, it may launch on this HTC Myst mid-range handset.

Source: Android Police

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