Facebook has developed a contingency plan that would allow its apps to run on Google’s Android platform even if they were removed from the Play Store, reports suggest.
The social network, which has not commented on the claims, has had a strained relationship with Google in the past, but knows that its millions of users who use the Facebook app on an Android device are too valuable to lose.
It’s believed Facebook’s plans would allow users to download its apps directly from its servers, bypassing Google altogether.
Word is Facebook has worked out how to handle in–app purchases which usually go through Google and has even sussed out a way to send notifications to Android phones without going through Google’s standard notification system.
Zuckerberg and co are also thought to have looked at using alternatives to Google Maps for serving up location-based information.
Such a bold move could hit Google’s revenues, with Facebook able to subvert some of the Big G’s key methods for raising money via Play Store apps.
What’s more, it’s thought that Facebook deliberately set about crashing some users’ Facebook Android apps in order to see if they’d stop using the service.
The social network’s research showed users happily accessing Facebook via the web, even when the app stopped working.
While such plans are a last resort, they’re likely to leave alarm bells ringing at Google HQ, especially as Facebook remains one of the cornerstone’s of its Play Store.