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Facebook wants to take over your phone now

Facebook wants to take over your phone now
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Depending on how extensively you use Facebook, it could be your go-to messaging service, calendar, search engine, social network, marketing platform and more. Now, it wants to be your telephone service.

Remember when Facebook created the new Messenger app? It featured a new messaging system that could text and call friends from your Facebook list. Learn more about it here. 

Now it seems that Facebook isn't content to just see your messages and what you post online. There's been a leak that shows what Facebook is up to next, and it directly involves your smartphone.

Not content with having a texting and calling app, Facebook seems to be testing a new app just for Androids simply called "Phone." It was supposed to be a Facebook personnel-only test, but someone made a mistake and Android Police picked it up.

Check out the screenshot of the new app below.

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We can surmise from the screenshot that the app is designed to do two things. First, it will give you caller ID on who is trying to reach you through the app. Many of you know by now that you can add your phone number to your profile, something you would be wise to hide if you're worried about security.

Second, Facebook Phone also "blocks calls from commonly blocked numbers," which would mean that you don't have to worry about those annoying robotic calls telling you to vote for Senator so-and-so.

But this new app also raises a few security questions. For instance, what will Facebook do with this kind of information? How will this affect your data plan with your cell carrier? And maybe, will this be a standard feature of the rumored "Facebook smartphone"?

I'll keep you updated on this story as more information surfaces. For now, Facebook refuses to comment on the app, saying only, “We are always testing things and have nothing to announce at this time.”

That's not the only weird thing Facebook is up to. Click here to learn about the one secret that Facebook doesn't want you to know.

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Source: VentureBeat
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