Facebook in talks to bring Home to iPhone, Windows Phone

Social network's director of product tells Bloomberg it's in talks with Apple and Microsoft to bring the new Facebook skin to their smartphones.

Facebook Home
Might Facebook's Home find a home on iPhone and Windows Phone? James Martin/CNET

Facebook is reportedly in talks with Apple and Microsoft about the possibility of creating versions of its Home launcher for the iPhone and Windows Phone.

The social network is in negotiations with the companies about expanding the platform to their smartphones, Adam Mosseri, Facebook's director of product, told Bloomberg, noting that talks are ongoing and nothing has been finalized.

"We've shown them what we've built, and we're just in an ongoing conversation," Mosseri said.

Mosseri said the skin could arrive on Apple's platform with a different name and appearance than the one that's been built for Android.

"We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app," he said. "That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen."

CNET has contacted Apple and Microsoft for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

Facebook Home is a set of apps that act as a "skin" on certain Android smartphones, adding personal photos to devices' lock screens and overlaying the chat experience. At Home's unveiling earlier this month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would like to see the Facebook experience integrated into all devices, but that that would require partnerships.

"Anything that happens with Apple is going to happen with partnership," Zuckerberg said at the time, noting Facebook's "great relationship" with Apple. By contrast, he noted that "Google's Android is open so we don't have to work with them."

 

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