• http://twitter.com/AaronAlexander_ Aaron Alexander

    Microsoft does often challenge those they partner with at one point or another. I’d check the 2nd sentence in the last paragraph – “onto” that platform is missing the “o” Nice post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=596306053 Harry Hawk

    Its Facebook’s so millions may use it, but less then 60 millon users is a failure. More and more folks under 25 are using Facebook less and less (although many keep their accounts); Facebook will not bring them back.

    I see this more as a white elephant, it will be used by enough people that Facebook will have to support and maintain it but it will never get deep support within the Facebook community.

  • http://twitter.com/BIGELLOW Bob Bigellow

    The article starts off by pointing out how Google might not be happy about Facebook’s announcement. However, Google should be *happy* (though cautious) about it. It will be more phones that will run Android-apps, which means developers will continue to develop for Android devices which keeps the ecosystem going. They should be cautious, though, because it could turn out to be a Trojan Horse later down the line. Realistically, though, I don’t see people committing to a piece of hardware and a contract the same way they commit to a social media network. After all, imagine having bought a hypothetical MySpace phone years ago. It’s bad enough that hardware and OS’es are obsolete a month after purchase, we don’t need these devices to also be tied to services that could just as easily become obsolete one day. This is a Hail Mary pass for Facebook in hopes to maintaining their relevancy for the distant future.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    I ran short of time to expand it more. But exactly, Google should be happy because supposedly this is promoting Android. But I doubt they are, because it’s taking the customization of Android to an extreme to put Google further in the background. Google may say on the surface that it likes how this shows how open Android is, but underneath, I doubt it does.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Thanks, got it!

  • treepodia

    Microsoft is doing what it can. They probably have started worrying quite a bit because of Facebook Home.

  • http://twitter.com/limon0510 Md.Sultan Mahmud