July 28, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Are Facebook and Google working together to build a Facebook Android app? According to a report posted on TechCrunch, Facebook and Google are indeed teaming up to release an official Android application that could be released as soon as the end of the week.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook has backtracked from its previous Android neglect and started working on an official app. The social networking giants even went so far as to accept a Google employee on loan to help get the app ready for the Market. A Facebook/Google Android pairing seems highly likely since the T-Mobile App Pack continues to show a Facebook application and the myTouch3g should being arriving in consumers’ hands sooner than later. If an official Facebook app is indeed going to be included, it would have to be ready by then.
Using the retroactive “hey I should have seen this coming” blinders, it makes sense why Facebook told Bloo, a third-party developer not to title his app “The Android Facebook App.” On the surface, it was an obvious case of the company protecting its copyright/brand, but it now seems like a precursor to Facebook finally wising up and realizing they couldn’t ignore and alienate Android users with lame excuses like the mobile website being a good solution. If FB really believed that, they wouldn’t have built or continued to develop apps for the iPhone and Blackberry.
Smart move, Facebook. You’re obviously not going to treat the competition too nicely, but at least you’re doing the right thing.