Bloomberg reports that Facebook is in discussions with Apple about the possibility of adding its Facebook Home interface to iPhones. Facebook Home describes itself as ‘putting your friends at the heart of your phone’, and is effectively a skin that sits on top of Android to display social feeds and messages front-and-centre, with apps taking second place. So far, however, it hasn’t wowed Android users.
After debuting the software, called Home, for Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system earlier this month, the operator of the world’s biggest social-networking service is speaking to Apple and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) about expanding to other platforms, Adam Mosseri, director of product at Menlo Park, California-based Facebook, said in an interview on Bloomberg West yesterday. The talks are ongoing and nothing has been finalized.Personally, we can’t see Apple allowing a facebook front-end to sit in front of iOS, and Facebook doesn’t appear to be any more optimistic:
On iPhone devices, the Home software would be tailored to what Apple prefers, said Adam Mosseri, Director of Product. It could look much different than the Android version.
“It may or may not be Home,” he said. “We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen. Maybe then it’s not called Home, it’s called something else.”
Update: In a Wall Street Journal article, Facebook’s COO claims that a “lite” version of Facebook Home will be coming to iOS. The Facebook executive appears to be referring to Facebook bringing some features of Facebook Home to its iOS application. Facebook has already announced a redesigned Facebook for iOS app, so we speculate that this is what the new report refers to.