Facebook luring in former iPhone engineers for its smartphone, tablet
0. phoneArena posted on 27 May 2012, 18:14
It is being said that Zuckerberg and friends have been rounding up ex-Apple employees that were involved with the iPhone and iPad launches and luring them over to team Facebook. A few of the engineers that Facebook reached out to as well a couple of...
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2. Droid_X_Doug posted on 27 May 2012, 18:25 3 1
How does the Facebook 'experience' require its own handset? The iPhone, all of the Android handsets, even WP and RIM have what appear to be relatively compelling reasons for their existence. What about the Facebook experience requires its own handset?
Enquiring minds would love to know, as it might take some of the ugh factor out of the bungled IPO.
4. networkdood posted on 27 May 2012, 18:37 7 1
Yeah, I am not sure how a Facebook designed Tablet or Smartphone will be any better than what we have now, or what we will have on the market soon enough - it seems to me that it will be a fashion phone, much like the iphone, where once someone buys it - the rest of the 'me toos' will also want one, because it is a Facebook phone.
11. biophone posted on 27 May 2012, 20:14 0 1
You know google is also a "cool" company like apple and facebook.
12. networkdood posted on 27 May 2012, 21:52 2 2
To be honest I never considered an Android phone just because Google made it - matter of fact, the fact that Google made the phone/coded the phone had nothing to with the purchase - it was purchased because I am an addicted modder and the iphone looked boring as a phone and even more boring when modded. Android gives me choices of different manufacturers, UIs, and lots of support from the development community who have their own ideas on how to make Android better - such as the guy who created Voodoo.....
It is actually really tough for me to decide on a phone nowadays because of the countless choices.
16. biophone posted on 27 May 2012, 22:17 0 0
I'm not debating any of that.
All I am saying is google is a cool company and their phones aren't fashion statement so why can't Facebook do the same? Why do they have to follow apple's path? It would probably be android based anyway...
20. Lucas777 posted on 28 May 2012, 00:31 1 0
but the iphone has substance behind it to back up its popularity… i agree the facebook phone could become a popular thing, but i have no clue how they hope to have substance, in which case the early adopters will leave-- very similar to webos
6. stealthd posted on 27 May 2012, 19:30 1 0
Facebook wants to have a platform, not just a service. It's just like how Google wanted a platform to better deliver their services, so they bought and released Android. They just need to come up with a nice product, because at this point it's obvious why Facebook would want a Facebook phone, it's just not (yet) obvious why anyone would want to buy one.
7. andyboi_ph posted on 27 May 2012, 19:49 0 0
His goal is attainable because he has billion dollar empire. He can get the best people to work with his team.
8. medicci37 posted on 27 May 2012, 19:50 5 1
Facebook is overreaching now. Also, if it's anything like the site. It will probably set a record, for Bloatware.
17. taco50 (banned) posted on 27 May 2012, 23:44 1 5
I think the bloat ware record is locked in by android.
19. Droid_X_Doug posted on 27 May 2012, 23:56 2 1
Umm, bloatware is a carrier issue. Just because carriers can load Android handsets up with bloatware, does not make bloatware an Android problem. Nice try to conflate Android with bloatware, though.
22. taco50 (banned) posted on 28 May 2012, 00:36 3 3
well let's see.
blackberry = no bloatware
iphone = no bloatware
windows phone = no bloatware
android = free reign for bloatware
Actually one could argue android IS bloatware as google uses it as a vehicle to harvest your data and spam you with advertisements. Remember google's plans to listen in on your phone calls and new privacy agreement?
23. Commentator posted on 28 May 2012, 00:46 4 0
What's wrong with bloatware? It makes money for the carriers, and can be removed on most handsets now anyways. It's a small price to pay for a phone with a screen that I actually have room to type on.
29. protozeloz posted on 28 May 2012, 12:58 2 2
LOL another fail, you never seen an windows phone or BB before? those "games" and ATT apps ARE Bloat.....
32. Non_Sequitur posted on 29 May 2012, 07:02 0 0
What if someone doesn't want to use newsstand or game center? They're actually stuck with junk on their home screen if they don't want to use each of Apple's little programs on the iPhone. You can't just remove it from your homescreen on iOS. On Android, you can.
And besides, the carrier junk is bloatware as well.
21. Commentator posted on 28 May 2012, 00:33 1 0
All due respect to Mark Zuckerberg, but I think he's dead wrong. Why is he worried about becoming "simply an app"? Facebook isn't "simply an app," it's an entire ecosystem that virtually controls the social network business. The app is just how it relates to mobile phones. The Facebook brand relates to social media, not smartphone manufacturing, and they would be ill-advised to venture so far forth from their competency. For example, Toyota has an app, but you don't see them pushing for a Toyota Phone because they're worried about becoming "simply an app." I understand that smartphones relate more to social media than cars do, but I still think it's quite a stretch for Facebook to be considering this.
10. BattleBrat posted on 27 May 2012, 19:53 3 0
They want to make a phone because then they can spy on you 24/7, and on a Facebook phone you can never shut the damn app off, I had to uninstall it from my RAZR it got so bad.
13. networkdood posted on 27 May 2012, 21:54 1 0
I have used it on my RAZR - but I have actually grown bored with facebook - if I want to share stuff with people I know - I message them.
18. taco50 (banned) posted on 27 May 2012, 23:45 0 3
That's an odd statement coming from an android user. Privacy agreement anyone lol.
28. Non_Sequitur posted on 28 May 2012, 06:08 0 1
He was talking about Facebook, you dumb sh*t.
30. protozeloz posted on 28 May 2012, 13:01 0 1
he is a troll, he has no interest in logic.... its like a shaved monkey
14. nicholassss posted on 27 May 2012, 21:54 1 0
IT'll probably be a pretty bad phone. Not to troll or anything, but I just can imagine the mobile community actually taking a facebook device seriously.
15. rg987 posted on 27 May 2012, 22:00 0 0
they shud definitely go for a facebook phone but no new platform shud be raised by them...................the phone shud run a WP OS..................no android too
the only thing now FB has to do with the phone is the DEEPEST INTEGRATION of FB in that phone and some forever exclusive awesome apps that make the phone special and obviously a SEXY LOOK shud be given to the phone
24. AppleConspiracy posted on 28 May 2012, 02:38 1 0
He wanted Apple engineers because he was interested in what inner part of iPhone is responsible of making cult status and ultra high sales.
25. kach22 posted on 28 May 2012, 03:29 1 0
If it offers a closed system like ios or WP then I am not interested. No intentions to become any body's sheep.
31. InspectorGadget80 posted on 28 May 2012, 19:12 0 0
Why? FACEBOOK PHONE ARE FUGLY. Plus FaceBook tracks what you're doing.