Google deals Facebook a blow
Internet giant blocks Facebook contacts from Android Gingerbread phones
Google is stepping up its data battle with Facebook by preventing the social networking app from transferring contacts to any Android Gingerbread phone address book, according to BBC.
The contact-altering update applies only to the Gingerbread version of Google's Android mobile operating system, which is only currently available for the Nexus S and Nexus One handsets, manufactured for Google.
The Gingerbread upgrade will be available to other Android-based devices in the next few months. If these phones use the same version of Gingerbread, a users Facebook contacts will be wiped from the mobile's address book, however contacts will still be accessible via the app.
Facebook's Android app allowed users to populate the phone's address book with Facebook contacts, but that data could not be transferred from the handset and was controlled by Facebook.
Google has said that it is no longer willing to exempt the social networking site from its data-sharing rules.
"Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability," Google said in a statement.
Facebook was accessed via mobile devices by over 200 million people during 2010, according to Facebook, an increase from 65 million in 2009.