Google Removes Facebook Contacts from Android Phones

February 25th, 2011 at 5:12 am

In what seems to be a brewing battle between two online giants, Google wipes off Facebook‘s contacts from address books of Android smartphones as soon as an update for its mobile operating system takes effect.

According to Google, it can no longer exempt the social networking site from its data-sharing rules.

The update applies to Android Gingerbread version, which is currently available on Google’s Nexus S and Nexus One handsets. Companies of other Android-based smartphones are expected to roll in the Gingerbread upgrade, along with the “anti-Facebook” update, to its users in the coming months.

Before the update, Facebook’s Android app allowed users to integrate their phone’s address book with Facebook contacts. The data, however, could not be exported from the handset and instead was still controlled by the social networking site, which Google does not approve.

Although Facebook contacts will no longer appear in Android phones, they still can be accessed through the app.

Exporting Facebook contacts would have benefited Google tremendously, according to analysts. Information gathered from that data could be used to improve the targeting of advertisements that Google publishes.

Facebook did not respond to inquiries from the press regarding the matter.

Source: BBC


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