Will Facebook Home mingle with iOS?
If indeed Facebook intends to provide Home for 92% of smartphone users, it will have to come up with something for iOS users. There is no doubt that there are those die-hard Apple fans, who are dying to have something like Facebook Home on HTC One on their Apple devices. The good thing with Apple is it does allow apps from competing platforms to be published on its iOS platform. But none get in without approval. So again, this Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Home is really not everyone’s home, and most likely won’t be for a long time. Chances of a Facebook Home for iOS are next to none because Apple is well aware of what awaits Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android. Call it learning from a rival’s experience; there is no better way.
The bottom line
Facebook Home faces three major headwinds.
Before the social networking giant is able to monetize the app, it will have to overcome the challenge of the number of Android phones integrated with the platform. This will be a gradual transition as people continue to upgrade to newer devices.
Additionally, the company faces a possible policy change by Google or a complete breakdown in the relationship between the two, if the social networking giant begins to encroach on the search giant’s ad revenues.
Finally, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) may be unable to gets its Home software, or anything like it, on Apple’s devices.
The stock’s performance indicates that investors’ valuation of the platform is next to nothing. Facebook Home has a long way to go before it can start generating any benefits to the company, and could even end up ruining some valuable relationships. Since its launch, the impact on the stock has been adverse.
Nicholas Kitonyi has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Facebook, and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Facebook, and Google.
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