Facebook is launching a new SDK for Android developers that will include the social network's new Open Graph system to tap into people's social connections.
Well-connected blog All Facebook has the scoop, which seems to have been overlooked amid the other announcements at Google's I/O conference this week.
Facebook is apparently recruiting hotshot Android developers to incorporate its APIs into their games. The Open Graph element is significant, since that hasn't yet been rolled out for iPhone - the first smartphone OS to get Facebook Connect.
Android developers will also be able to deep-link into the Facebook Android app: for example, letting people click to access the profiles of people they're playing against in a game.
iPhone will surely get this too, of course. And while Android seems to have stolen a march, there have been rumours that one of Apple's announcements at its WWDC conference early next month will be Facebook-related.
Specifically, the company has been tipped to bake Facebook into the iPhone OS itself, presumably now including Open Graph - which hadn't been announced when Apple first unveiled its next-gen iPhone OS 4 software.
In any case, Facebook clearly wants Open Graph to be on as many devices as possible, which is why Android, with its growing momentum and plethora of handsets, is a logical choice.