Facebook is preparing an official app for the iPad, according to The New York Times.
reportedly prepping an official application for the iPad.
According to a July 16 article in The
New York Times
, itself quoting unnamed "people briefed on Facebook's
plans," the social network is prepping a free application for release in the coming
year. The software has been under development for the past year.
who works with Facebook said Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive and
founder, has been heavily invested in the process," the article suggested,
"overseeing design decisions and the app's unique features."
certainly become more aggressive in expanding its functionality, if current
reports eventually prove accurate.
In addition to
an iPad application, Facebook is reportedly prepping an HTML5-based platform
for mobile applications, which could end up directly challenging Apple's App
target is both surprising and awesome: mobile Safari," TechCrunch's MG Siegler,
who claims to have seen the project firsthand, wrote in a June 15 posting
. "Facebook will never
admit this, but those familiar with the project believe the intention is very
clear: to use Apple's own devices against them to break the stranglehold they
have on mobile app distribution."
He went on to
claim that "80 or so outside developers" are currently working with the social
network on the project. With the mobile Web version of Facebook open, users
will be able to tap the application they want to load, and watch as it
activates within a "Facebook wrapper" that also gives access to features like
also clearly be a part of this new platform," he wrote. "But we're told that
the initial target is definitely mobile Safari on iOS devices."
Facebook boast a complicated relationship. In September 2010, Apple launched
Ping, a social-networking service build to allow millions of iTunes users to
share their opinions on music and artists. It connected with Twitter, but
Facebook refused to allow its services to interoperate with Apple's newborn
network-apparently, the two companies couldn't agree on terms.
posted some screenshots June 15
that seem to show an
application similar to other mobile-photo applications currently on the market,
such as Color and Instagram.
continues to find itself in conflict with Google, with whom it fights for
online advertising dollars, and which has made no secret of its plans to expand
into social networking. At the same time, Facebook continues to deepen its
relationship with Microsoft, which owns a minority stake, and whose Bing search
engine now boasts many features derived from Facebook's social data.