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Can Facebook Build an Android-Style Home on the iPhone? Probably Not.

facebook_home_logoIn introducing Facebook Home on Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company was building it for Android first.

But in reality, Facebook really can’t do many of the same things for the iPhone.

Zuckerberg acknowledged this in response to a reporter’s question, saying that anything deeper on the iPhone will probably have to come in collaboration with Apple.

While praising the relationship between the two companies, Zuckerberg said, “Apple is a very controlled ecosystem.”

With Android, Zuckerberg notes, Facebook doesn’t even really have to partner with Google.

“Google is aware of what we are doing,” Zuckerberg said. “Fundamentally, Android is just a more open system.”

And Zuckerberg doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

“It would have to be a complete 180,” he said.

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