New Facebook Home Making IT Departments Nervous; Android Labeled as Trojan Horse


Facebook Home was announced on April 4th, aiming to give Facebook’s 1 billion users the option to always stay connected with friends and family through their Android phones. The new app replaces the home screen on an Android smartphone and it’s making IT departments nervous. According to an article by Antone Gonsalves in PCWorld, the app’s dominance is a nightmare for corporations that have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy for employees.


Our own CTO of Appthority, Kevin Watkins, commented on the issue in a new story from Fahmida Rashid for PCMag’s SecurityWatch, titled “Facebook Home Raises Security, Privacy Concerns.” Kevin said“It appears that Facebook Home may take over the launcher, which may conflict with a few of the BYOD sandboxing solutions for Android that also take over the launcher. It will be interesting to see if, and how, they play well together.”


Android’s had its share of issues with malware and Trojan horses, but now the operating system (OS) itself is being labeled as a Trojan horse. The Fair Search coalition, whose members include Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle, have filed a complaint with the European Commission against Google and Android, saying that the company is using the OS as a Trojan horse to deceive partners and monopolize the mobile marketplace. Device makers must include Google apps such as YouTube and preload Google mobile services to give them prominent default placement on the phone, according to the complaint. ZDNet’s Liam Tung recently covered the story saying, “Google submitted a proposal to address these issues last month, but it appears whatever it contained did not meet demands by Europe’s competition chief Joaquín Almunia.”

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