UPDATED: Facebook phone is in the early stages of development?
This article contains unofficial information.
Even though there are various apps out there provide the Facebook experience on a mobile scale, it's speculated that the social networking giant has commenced its plan of releasing a true Facebook phone. According to TechCrunch's source, two top-end employees of Facebook, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are in the process of building something big for the company – and it sounds pretty substantial.
On one hand, you've got Hewitt whose credentials include creating the Firefox browser, while on the other, Papakipos who was leading the Chrome OS project until June. These two minds are reportedly working on something related to Facebook – whether it be a phone or something else entirely, it's difficult to fathom at this point.
Now this all started to happen when Google introduced the Nexus One earlier in the year – Facebook was apparently concerned about the stranglehold that iOS and Android brought to the table. Ultimately, the social networking giant would want to control all aspects on how their apps would integrate deeply with a mobile phone – so that's basically how the notion of the Facebook phone first came to light.
With a full fledged Facebook phone of their own, they'll have all the resources and power in getting Facebook to properly adapt to their stringent needs – which is said to provide something more in-depth than what Android and iOS currently offers with Facebook contacts. As for the device itself, TechCrunch believes it to be an affordable phone which would target the younger crowd since their presence is vastly known in that area. Still, they'll need to bring it to the table in order to stay afloat in this increasingly crowded market – just look at Microsoft's KIN phones for example.
UPDATE: For good or bad, it has turned out that the social networking giant is not working on such a project. Spokesperson Jaime Schopflin has informed Mashable that the story is not accurate and while Facebook is collaborating with manufacturers to deliver deep social integration in their offerings, Facebook itself does not intend to build a phone.
1. jkeskel (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 May 2009)
I, for one, hope this phone never sees the light of day. The KIN phones were a terrible venture, and this would probably share the same fate. I can understand trying new things, but a phone is not it.
3. billirubin (unregistered)
Thank you. When I read this I thought to myself "Wtf" but I see someone else thinks the same way I do.
2. dioud (unregistered)
the idea to build a phone based on 1..yes ONLY 1 website regardless of what it is..isn't going to go very far
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Facebook apps on the iphone and android are good enough.
5. Rebecca Hahn (unregistered)
Hello - wanted to make sure you had Facebook's official comment on the topic. The story is not accurate. Facebook is not building a phone. Our approach has always been to make all phones and apps more social, not build a phone. Current projects include include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. For an example, check out Connect for iPhone and the integration we have with contact syncing through our iPhone app. Another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called “Facebook Phone”). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a "Facebook Phone" (even internally) because that's such an attractive soundbite, but our real strategy is to make everything social and not build one phone or integration.