Facebook rumored to show off new phone or mobile OS on Tuesday
Once tabled for discussion, rumors of a Facebook phone had started back up in the last few months. As recently as November, we told you about a device called the HTC Opera UL that is supposed to be a true Facebook phone with a mid 2013 launch. A true Facebook phone is a lot different than 2011's HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, which had a dedicated Facebook button and limited Facebook integration.
Facebook mobile OS. If that is the case, we would expect it to be an offshoot of Android, or related to webOS, which HP has recently made available as open source software.
Memories are short. If it turns out that we see Mark Zuckerberg holding a new Facebook phone up in the air while the cameras click away, will anyone really be upset that they were lied to? Denials are just part of the way the game is played in the business world. Regardless of whether it is a Facebook phone or a mobile OS announced on Tuesday, it will bring another choice to the consumer and if there is one thing we've learned over the years, more choices lead to more innovation which is something we can all benefit from.
UPDATE: A new report suggests that the press conference on Tuesday will also include the introduction of a Facebook Messenger app for the Apple iPad. Features are said to include emoticons, the ability to share photos, location tagging, group messaging, and receipt reading. The new voice recording messaging feature that has been available for the Apple iPhone will also be part of the new app. This alone is not a big enough deal to warrant a major press event, so perhaps we will still see that Facebook phone or Facebook mobile OS.
1. PhoneArenaUser posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:31 9 1
Better open an clinic for Facebook addicted people.
3. HTCOE posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:43 12 1
it's just pointless... "hey look, i have a facebook phone."
someone replies... "and..?"
15. Nathan_ingx posted on 13 Jan 2013, 16:06 6 3
The Facebook OS should be pretty fun. s/
Menu starts with 'fMenu', or 'fMusic' or even 'fOS'. Well, i'm just basing it on what they might do with reference to Apple.
And a hard, pressable 'Like' button should be made available...that should seal the game.
16. Bernoulli posted on 13 Jan 2013, 16:32 0 1
made my day mate lol
5. PhoneArenaUser posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:55 0 2
14. AnTuTu posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:56 1 0
OS sounds good but FB phone would be a big 'LOL'
2. HTCOE posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:41 0 0
smh this is ridiculous... i dont know why they would make a facebook phone...it's just plain stupid and they should stick to apps i think they're just bored and just want to do something. but i see no success in such a product. i rather have an integrated instagram camera on a phone than have a facebook phone but anywho where are the details about the Motorola Nexus and GSIV?
4. imkyle posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:44 1 0
while the thought of a social network having its own phone or OS is silly, I'd be curious to see what it looks Iike. i say bring it on.
6. ckoch125 posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:02 1 0
I'm sure it will sell well just like their previous FB devices. I mean how about making a better app first.
7. nicholassss posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:10 0 0
They're too busy making whatever is coming out on tuesday to worry about improving their app.
8. vandroid posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:14 8 0
So pointless facebook is about to end up like myspace
13. Tsepz_GP posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:38 1 0
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9. BBGrind posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:32 0 0
I think Its gonna be on BB10, that the only device or OS to my knowledge that is affordable and is in all or most countries in the world and FB made it clear that the want to target and world wide and that the easiest way. BB is growing in the 3rd world countries very strong plus with the BIS service it makes it very easy ad very affordable to communicate world wide real time.http://www.forbes.com/sites/br
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10. saied posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:04 0 0
If one day there is an announcement on the news page for "Phone Arena OS" I wouldn't be surprised
11. andro. posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:07 0 0
Pointless. Me thinks those facebook folk are are thinking too highly of themselves these days thinking they can have an entire os and that people would buy into it.
12. Sam987 posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:10 0 0
seems quite possible.As it leaked a few months ago and mentioned here too,an HTC phone codenamed Opera UL is supposed to be a Facebook phone.and just recently,when a list of codenames of 35 HTC phones for 2013 leaked,Opera UL was listed there too.So its possible that we might see a Facebook phone.but nothing can be said with surety.
20. AfterShock posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:41 0 0
Probably an app, doubt they could handle more then that.
21. speckledapple posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:19 0 0
Is it me or does someone else see Facebook as an OS difficult to imagine. Its a portal for social interaction dont get me wrong and they could leverage that as well as its numurous partners to be a part of it but I think its still in portal phase and has not reached the level of a full blown os quite yet. Thus, i cannot see it having its own phone.
22. MC1123 posted on 14 Jan 2013, 00:04 0 0
what would facebook could really bring? new OS would be nice since they also have gazillion of apps and games!! and a facebook phone don't really hay me!! are they pushing to be like Amazon? is the new OS really new? or just like Amazon's skinned Android? but Mr CEO hates html5!! how can they leverage?
it world shock me if it's a webOS