UPDATED: Facebook phone is in the early stages of development?
0. phoneArena 19 Sep 2010, 10:18 posted on
Two top-end employees of Facebook, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are in the process of building something big for the company – and it...
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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: 2875; 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.