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

1. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Go facebook! I might buy this! Sounds like a cool idea!

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Well even though HTC produced the Nexus One years ago... this is still a Facebook Phone, which means you might get a lot of "LIKES" in your emails, but what about the updates, like with a google phone.

17. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

your post did not make sense at all...

19. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Loool! The Dislikes speak for themself

41. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Nothing like an upvote/downvote system to galvanize and reaffirm the masses of their obvious inherent superiority to those they see as different. Now we know who the really worthless turds with really worthless opinions are! Bravo to PhoneArena, and all its readers! Power to they majority, no matter the cost!

25. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

What you just said is so sad, Kronic

26. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Phonearena wrote plans twice

30. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

You must really love facebook to buy this. Can't your regular phone do all of this?

37. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

I just came to see how many thumbs down have been made... wow 46! and no thumbs up. I guess i'm thumbing up this little guy... hey he seems excited about the facebook phone and wants to buy it... so what.. people still buy iphones these days XD

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Facebook - Thanks but NO!

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...

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.

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?

8. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

9. zvioocge

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

f**k this s**t

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.

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: 913; 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: 913; 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.

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

14. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Unlike

15. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

facebook likes this post

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Um, no thanks, ever.

20. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

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!

23. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

good idea needs to a big design only by HTC.

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