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Major Facebook announcement next week: ‘Our new home on Android’

Major Facebook announcement next week: ‘Our new home on Android’
A man uses his smartphone while riding a bus in Washington, D.C. in May 2012
(Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Android users may be about to get some good news from Facebook.

The giant social network is holding an event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters next week. The invitation simply reads: “Come see our new home on Android.”

Could it be that Facebook is ready to show the world a new version of Android with loads of Facebook-friendly features? Is it possible that this new version will come on an HTC handset?

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A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. But it’s quite possible -- even likely -- that Facebook is about to make a major product announcement, TechCrunch says.

“Imagine Facebook’s integration with iOS 6, but on steroids, and built by Facebook itself,” TechCrunch writer Josh Constine said.

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Facebook has been taking Android very seriously. It has encouraged its software developers to ditch their iPhones for Android phones. The practice in Silicon Valley is called “dogfooding” -- as in eating your own dog food.

Facebook has been rolling out major announcements. Earlier this month it summoned the media to its campus to unveil a major redesign of the News Feed. In January, it rolled out Graph Search.

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