Mark Zuckerberg, announced on Thursday that they have developed new software for the Android operating system to showcase the social network.

“You’re going to be able to turn your Android phone into a great social phone,” said Zuckerberg.

Facebook home integrates all of the social network’s services into the operating system of Android phones.   After a user downloads Facebook Home to an Android phone, all those services become available from virtually anywhere in the device.

Facebook’s next billion users don’t have smartphones or even the Internet yet, but the Facebook Phone could change that.  Through savvy carrier deals, subsidized handsets, and free limited data access, Facebook could ensure emerging markets come online with friend requests as their first experience.  That could turn populations in southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America into Facebook users for life.

By Duane Glover