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Android Finally Getting Facebook App: Report

One of the things Google talked about recently was the need to make its Android mobile operating system more social. It looks like Android is about to take its first step in the "more social" direction with the arrival of a dedicated Facebook app.

One of the things Google talked about recently was the need to make its Android mobile operating system more social. It looks like Android is about to take its first step in the "more social" direction with the arrival of a dedicated Facebook app.There have been a few clues spotted in recent weeks that suggest Facebook is getting ready to show its, er, face to Android. Several weeks ago, a Facebook application was spotted on the official T-Mobile myTouch 3G launch site. It also appeared on a screenshot of the Sony Ericsson "Rachel" device.

Obviously, these don't offer concrete proof, but they probably mean that Facebook is at least working on an Android-compatible mobile application.

Now, TechCrunch reports that the app is real, and that it is coming soon. Very soon. In fact, as soon as this week.

What will the application offer Facebook fanatics? TechCrunch says:

Facebook's Android app will launch with a more limited set of features than its current, and very popular, iPhone app. For instance, it won't have an inbox, I'm told by a source who has seen it. But it will have the full Facebook stream, which is really all you need. The Facebook Android app is built around the stream and status updates. It was built with Facebook's new Stream API. Your updates keep coming in, with a notification number telling you how many new items are available at any given time.
Proof positive? Maybe.

Competing platforms such as the iPhone and BlackBerry have been given highly capable versions of Facebook that let users access many of those services' features. That Android will have a limited feature set from the get-go is disappointing, but even moderate functionality is better than nothing at all.

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