Facebook luring in former iPhone engineers for its smartphone, tablet
0. phoneArena 27 May 2012, 18:14 posted on
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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5. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I think here comes the RED.....
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
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 (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
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 (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
You know google is also a "cool" company like apple and facebook.
12. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
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 (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
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 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
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 (Posts: 1067; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
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 (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
His goal is attainable because he has billion dollar empire. He can get the best people to work with his team.
8. medicci37 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Facebook is overreaching now. Also, if it's anything like the site. It will probably set a record, for Bloatware.
17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I think the bloat ware record is locked in by android.
19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
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) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
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 (Posts: 3167; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
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 (Posts: 5392; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
LOL another fail, you never seen an windows phone or BB before? those "games" and ATT apps ARE Bloat.....
32. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
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 (Posts: 3167; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
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 (Posts: 1306; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
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 (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
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) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
That's an odd statement coming from an android user. Privacy agreement anyone lol.
28. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
He was talking about Facebook, you dumb sh*t.
30. protozeloz (Posts: 5392; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
he is a troll, he has no interest in logic.... its like a shaved monkey
14. nicholassss (Posts: 364; Member since: 10 May 2012)
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 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
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 (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
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 (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
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 (unregistered)
Why? FACEBOOK PHONE ARE FUGLY. Plus FaceBook tracks what you're doing.