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Facebook’s Android Contingency Planning

Mark Zuckerberg. Photo by Bloomberg.
Mark Zuckerberg. Photo by Bloomberg.

Facebook has been secretly preparing contingency measures to allow its apps to operate on Android phones without going through Google’s app store, according to people who have been involved in different parts of the strategy.

Facebook’s goal is to be ready in case it has an intractable conflict with Google, which operates the Android mobile operating system, over future rules governing how apps can function on Android.

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This article is part of a series on the future of Android. Other articles in the series are at the bottom of this page: With Apple in Mind, Google Seeks Android Chip Partners


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If Facebook breaks from Google, it will have an opportunity to experiment with new features that aren’t allowed under Google’s current rules. That could include offering its own app store of sorts.

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