Facebook Home is not the hit Facebook hoped it would be. The application, which replaces the home screen on Android devices, has not been widely adopted since its debut last month, and positive reviews of the software are few and far between. Facebook is taking the app back to the drawing board.
As a result, it has asked its European carrier partners to "hold off" on launching the HTC First, which is the only smartphone being sold with Facebook Home preinstalled. Further, the company won't be making the app available to new devices.
Now that facebook is a public entity on the stock exchange, their vision of the future has been replaced by dollar signs. To them, it made more sense to sell the phone as an extension of the product as opposed to the current methodology of giving away the product for free.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.