Facebook phone back from the dead?

Facebook phone back from the dead?
Ah, the on-again off-again Facebook phone, why doth thou tease us? We’ve been seeing rumors that Facebook would make its own phone for literally years now. And we’ve been seeing rumors that HTC would build said phone for almost as long – even after the dramatic failures that were the HTC Salsa and ChaCha (for those who don’t remember, those were Android phones that had a Facebook button integrated into them). Now an “extremely reliable source” has provided Pocket-lint with evidence that confirms the existence of a true Facebook phone, and even some of the hardware specs.

The device in question is codenamed the HTC Opera UL, and it is listed as an "OEM product” for Facebook. An OEM product is one that HTC is making for another company, in much the same way HTC produced the Nexus One for Google years ago. The device posted a NenMark2 score of 38.90, and is rocking a 1.4 GHz CPU (possibly a dual-core S4?) that comes with the Adreno 305 GPU attached. It also sports a 720p high resolution screen, which is quickly becoming an industry standard. Finally, the device is running Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), although we have no idea how forked the UI is compared to standard Android.

Pocket-lint’s source said that the phone has been delayed – previous sources have indicated a range from late this year to a mid 2013 launch, so we have to assume that at this point there aren’t any release plans plans for the foreseeable future. Facebook is in a tough spot with mobile – they want more control of their destiny and a mobile ecosystem of their own, but are likely to find themselves with less integration in iOS, Windows Phone, and possibly Android if they decide to make themselves a direct competitor. And consumer studies have suggested that there isn’t a whole lot of interest in such a phone. Still, if they want to become an industry leader along the lines of Apple, Google, and even Amazon, they will have to move into the mobile space more directly at some point.

And now we know they feel the same way, and have gotten as close as building and testing a phone. The question now is just when/if we’ll see it get released.

source: Pocket-lint via Android Central

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39 Comments

42. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Wow HTC+Facebook? Not even sure which one I dislike more. No thank you. This is one device that should NOT come back from the dead. It should stay dead for eternity and take facebook with it lol.

39. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

if this phone has a 1.2 GHZ Quad core processor, or a 1.2 GHZ Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor under the hood, I may consider.

35. JussSaynMayn

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

If facebook had release this phone when they had just launched the site & everyone was rushing to it, it would have done well. No one cares about Facebook any more, or any site specific phones. This is a waste of time & money.

34. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Human.

33. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

There are chances that this phone may follow the footsteps of kindle fire and current nexus family in terms of pricing to lure some users. If facebook is keen on making profit directly by selling this phone then its not going to fare any better than the htc phones with facebook buttons.

31. ffee344

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This phone is for fb attention seeking. plus it sure will have alot of markerting spyware to invade whatever you do with the phone . ABSOLUTE ZERO PRIVACY

32. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You think our tenology now provides a measure of privacy? Think again....

36. ffee344

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

you think our technology now DO NOT provide a measure of privacy? Think again ....

24. mydi.maus unregistered

face book having its own PHONE?well mark you can name it "phonebook"!

23. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

good idea needs to a big design only by HTC.

22. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

lol android?! not Windows Phone? will microsoft going to be happy? the facebook app center are all HTML5 right? so i think this will be good ecosystem!

20. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

i hope this phone exists. then facebook might make a better android app

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Um, no thanks, ever.

15. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

facebook likes this post

14. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Unlike

12. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Hmm.. If they subsidise it with ads, and give it for free at every carrier. Or better yet have their own cheaper "ad supported" phone system, it might work. But it won't work if its just another phone for $99 and a 2 year commitment to

11. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Lol why did I get so many dislikes on my first comment?

16. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Cause its a stupid concept. Its esentially a low spec phone with nothing to show for it. If they really wanted to impress people and make something worth while they should build their own OS along with it that would truly incorporate facebook. Such as full flash support and making the games in facebook available for mobil. Then you could include a facbook gamecenter as well. This is just a half assed attempt at making more money which is what is pissing people off to leave facebook more and more everyday.

21. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

They could just invest in flash support for jelly bean, and make it only work on thier version of android. Kind of like Amazon/Kindle

28. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The Kindle does not have flash support. I had to side load it to my Kindle Fire HD.

27. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

As a company Facebook produces nothing hence its stock is onlt $21.18 -0.03‎ (-0.14%‎). The phone would provide some type of revenue stream besides their reliance on plugs. The sales of this so called phone would be interesting to see if it moves being that iOS and androidOS are the dominant forces. Phone wise, the specs are respectable armchair analyst. Yes child you are a armchair analyst. As for, "This is just a half assed attempt at making more money which is what is pissing people off to leave facebook more and more everyday." I don't see that, what I see are the same amount of people using it like drones everyday. If users were bleeding as you stated, the financial reports/media would blitz this. I could never understand why people would waste their time on social mdia vesus good ol' fashioned mouth to mouth conversations. What is equally perplexing are people that are wanna be armchair tech/politicol/soldier/doctor and such.

38. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I suppose you were standing while you wrote that cause that would be the only difference between what you and I wrote. Better to be a "armchair tech/politicol/soldier/doctor and such" then a hypocrite. Yes grandma, you are a hypocrite. My major point was that using a modified Android OS doesn't set it apart. Instead they should focus on their own from the ground up more centered on Facebook itself. Next time you criticize someone for writing on a forum, don't do it on a forum or you mine as well sign up for Facebook to complain about Facebook.

10. ohiwastedmylife

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

ARE YOU TELLING ME ZUCK WENT ON STAGE AND LIED TO THE PUBLIC? On stage at SF Disrupt he said "The phone just doesn't make any sense". What a good guy.

9. zvioocge

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

f**k this s**t

8. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

The facebook phone is the iPhone because that's all the sheep use it for.

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

This is the problem with HTC ...they invest too much on fail projects and stuff that will please the service provider ...what next? Twitter pager?

6. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Maybe it'll be like the kindle fire, a cheap piece of tech thats worthwhile when you strip away the facebook-ness.

5. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I don't want to see more people sharing stupid stuff , posting chain links and cam whores. I like fb, but a Facebook phone is just ridiculous . At least it runs android...

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Facebook - Thanks but NO!

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Its going to look like crap just like the first two.

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