Facebook luring in former iPhone engineers for its smartphone, tablet

Facebook luring in former iPhone engineers for its smartphone, tablet
There has been rumbling that Facebook is working on its own mobile device for a little while now. We’ve heard reports that HTC will launch one in Q3 and we’ve even heard that Microsoft wants to get in on the action. The latest report comes to us from the New York Times, where 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 Facebook employees told the Times that Facebook is hoping to launch this device by next year. One of those that commented also said that this is the company’s third attempt at building a smartphone.

One former Apple engineer met with Zuckerberg personally and said that the CEO asked him very specific and detail questions about the inner workings of a smartphone. When asked about the matter, Facebook remained somewhat coy and referenced a previous quote it gave to AllThingsD that said, “We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers.”

One Facebook employee said anonymously, “Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms.”

Makes sense considering the whole IPO thing hasn’t really gone exactly as planned. We would assume Facebook must feel at least a little bit of pressure to churn out its next big hit.

What do you think? Doesn’t Facebook have a place in the mobile world on its own platform or it is better for it to live the life of an app?

source: NYTimes



1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

facebook take windows phone !!!!


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I think here comes the RED.....

27. SONY.

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 2012


2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Mar 31, 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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

You know google is also a "cool" company like apple and facebook.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Jan 06, 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

3. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

oh lord...... = /

6. stealthd unregistered

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: Mar 26, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Facebook is overreaching now. Also, if it's anything like the site. It will probably set a record, for Bloatware.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think the bloat ware record is locked in by android.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Mar 16, 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.

9. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Talk about a big F*cking ego !

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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: Mar 31, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That's an odd statement coming from an android user. Privacy agreement anyone lol.

28. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

He was talking about Facebook, you dumb sh*t.

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

he is a troll, he has no interest in logic.... its like a shaved monkey

14. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 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: Dec 29, 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: Oct 18, 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: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

If it offers a closed system like ios or WP then I am not interested. No intentions to become any body's sheep.

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