Facebook was preparing for a kind of war against Google on behalf of Android. Without the support of the Google store, Facebook would have to create a way of updating its app independently.
Facebook was preparing for a kind of war against Google on behalf of Android. The company was studying ways to make your app for robot less dependent on the “all-powerful” in case one day this war happen.
The social network would want to have a few tricks up its sleeve to keep this on Android even without an app available for download from the Play Store. Without the support of the Google store, Facebook would have to create a way of updating your app independently, and still some way to send notifications push for mobile people, a mechanism now controlled by a Google API for security reasons.
Facebook is Preparing For a Possible ‘War Against Google’
Outside the store, Facebook would still have to find another way to process payments on the app, and if they did, they would have to convince users’ robots that this new method would be as reliable as Google Wallet.
This all may seem like a lot of complexes. Still, considering that Google does not forgive anyone who goes against the terms of publication in the Play Store and that Facebook has some very distorted ideas about the internet, a possible ban of the app is not impossible in the world.
Google has reportedly threatened to remove the social network from the store because Facebook has automatically installed other apps on your smartphone, and many users lowered the main software.
According to The Information, Facebook has been working on several “Plan B” to tell such a situation, having also done several experiments. The publication also says the company auditioned in “a small country for a few days, requiring users to access an external link to download a new version of the Google Play app.”
The result was somewhat discouraging. While people tried to do what Facebook sent, they could not go all the way. “People have done it, but it was disastrous,” said an anonymous statement in the journal. There are still concerns about the possibility of Google Facebook to start charging for the use of some services and APIs, such as integration with Google Maps. However, this is a very remote possibility since the creator of Android has more interest in creating an intense ecosystem around the robot to give room for developers to consider other alternatives.
And if the war even happen?
If Facebook were banned from the Play Store for some reason, the company would need to find a way to be present in people’s smartphones simply by how much is downloaded through the store.
Providing download links is rarely effective, as the experiments have already shown. In addition, the company would have to build from scratch several elements you use in your app today that belong to Google. This would make the app heavier and more complex and make it difficult to bring good integration with Android.
A possible solution would be to partner with smartphone makers. Hence, they already sell handsets with Facebook apps installed at the factory, and the software itself would have an automatic update mechanism.
According to The Information, Facebook does not seem to believe that a ban can happen anytime shortly but did not rule out the possibility. However, it is interesting to note that social networking is on Google Play and uses Google services under the same rules as all other app stores. If a ban happens, the blame would hardly be on the creator of Android.