Nexus Update Removes Facebook Contact Merging

Google's Gingerbread update for Nexus S and Nexus One has removed Facebook contact merging from the mobile phone operating system.

The feature had allowed users to merge a Facebook phone directory with their smartphone's contacts application.

The search engine giant said in a statement, “Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability.”

The company explained that users will continue to view Facebook contact data within the Facebook app as Facebook, being a developer, is free to use the Android API in its app. The move stems from an earlier dispute between the companies regarding data sharing.

“We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation - and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well,” the company said.