Facebook Acquires Parse To Hasten Mobile App Development - HotHardware
Facebook Acquires Parse To Hasten Mobile App Development

Facebook Acquires Parse To Hasten Mobile App Development

Believe it or not, Facebook is much more than a social network. It's an advertising company, a search company, a discovery company, and increasingly, an engineering company. It's quickly becoming obvious that one of Facebook's biggest strengths is its engineering muscle, and Facebook Home is proof of that. That's a huge, huge effort to fork Android, and while it was no doubt expensive to devote resources to doing it, it could grow the Facebook network tremendously in due time. And now, Facebook's making another investment in engineering by acquiring Parse.

The goal here is to make it even easier to build mobile apps with Facebook Platform. Parse is a cloud-based platform that "provides scalable cross-platform services and tools for developers." According to the Facebook dev team: "By making Parse a part of Facebook Platform, we want to enable developers to rapidly build apps that span mobile platforms and devices. Parse makes this possible by allowing developers to work with native objects that provide backend services for data storage, notifications, user management, and more. This removes the need to manage servers and a complex infrastructure, so you can simply focus on building great user experiences."

Facebook seems sure that they aren't going to change Parse, and will "continue offering their products and services." It'll be interesting to see where this takes the world's largest social network on the mobile front. It's obvious that the future of Facebook viewing is on a portable device, so this acquisition is apt to look very smart just a couple of years from now.
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its too bad facebook couldnt develop a decent facebook android app but lets make facebook home and now this. well i wish them the best and i hope whatever benefits come of this that its helps out on android and other platforms as well. Also i dont know if id say that facebook home necessarily forked android since it can be turned off and you can run stock android underneath it so its more of an app really which is nice unlike say amazons UI which is a fork of android since it cant be removed and is deeply rooted into the system unless you root it and install the play store or custom rom.

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