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Facebook rumored to show off new phone or mobile OS on Tuesday

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Facebook rumored to show off new phone or mobile OS on Tuesday
Facebook is holding what is considered to be a major press event on Tuesday. Press from all over the world has been invited and an event in London is running simultaneously. According to sources for Tech Crunch, the big deal has to do with something mobile related. Immediately your mind goes to a Facebook phone and there is good reason for that. A Facebook phone has been rumored since the days of Lincoln.  Ok. perhaps that is getting carried away, but as far back as 2010, a Facebook phone was being talked about.

Once tabled for discussion, rumors of a Facebook phone had started back up in the last few months. As recently as November, we told you about a device called the HTC Opera UL that is supposed to be a true Facebook phone with a mid 2013 launch. A true Facebook phone is a lot different than 2011's HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, which had a dedicated Facebook button and limited Facebook integration.

2011's HTC Salsa had limited Facebook integration, but had a cool Facebook button

2011's HTC Salsa had limited Facebook integration, but had a cool Facebook button

But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has constantly denied the existence of a Facebook phone so many times that he just might be telling the truth. As a result, there also is some speculation that what Facebook will show off on Tuesday won't be an actual phone, but will be something related to the mobile phone ecosystem like a Facebook mobile OS. If that is the case, we would expect it to be an offshoot of Android, or related to webOS, which HP has recently made available as open source software.

Memories are short. If it turns out that we see Mark Zuckerberg holding a new Facebook phone up in the air while the cameras click away, will anyone really be upset that they were lied to? Denials are just part of the way the game is played in the business world. Regardless of whether it is a Facebook phone or a mobile OS announced on Tuesday, it will bring another choice to the consumer and if there is one thing we've learned over the years, more choices lead to more innovation which is something we can all benefit from.

source: TechCrunch

UPDATE: A new report suggests that the press conference on Tuesday will also include the introduction of a Facebook Messenger app for the Apple iPad. Features are said to include emoticons, the ability to share photos, location tagging, group messaging, and receipt reading. The new voice recording messaging feature that has been available for the Apple iPhone will also be part of the new app. This alone is not a big enough deal to warrant a major press event, so perhaps we will still see that Facebook phone or Facebook mobile OS.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:31 9

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Better open an clinic for Facebook addicted people.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:43 12

3. HTCOE (Posts: 640; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

it's just pointless... "hey look, i have a facebook phone."
someone replies... "and..?"

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 16:06 6

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4376; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

The Facebook OS should be pretty fun. s/
Menu starts with 'fMenu', or 'fMusic' or even 'fOS'. Well, i'm just basing it on what they might do with reference to Apple.
And a hard, pressable 'Like' button should be made available...that should seal the game.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 17:46

18. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:55

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Facebook Phone:

Other Facebook devices:

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:56 1

14. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

OS sounds good but FB phone would be a big 'LOL'


posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:41

2. HTCOE (Posts: 640; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

smh this is ridiculous... i dont know why they would make a facebook phone...it's just plain stupid and they should stick to apps i think they're just bored and just want to do something. but i see no success in such a product. i rather have an integrated instagram camera on a phone than have a facebook phone but anywho where are the details about the Motorola Nexus and GSIV?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 13:44 1

4. imkyle (Posts: 1087; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

while the thought of a social network having its own phone or OS is silly, I'd be curious to see what it looks Iike. i say bring it on.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:02 1

6. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I'm sure it will sell well just like their previous FB devices. I mean how about making a better app first.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:10

7. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

They're too busy making whatever is coming out on tuesday to worry about improving their app.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:14 8

8. vandroid (Posts: 353; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

So pointless facebook is about to end up like myspace

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:38 1

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1049; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Off topic I know, but that is one LEGENDARY avatar you got there :'D

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 14:32

9. BBGrind (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

I think Its gonna be on BB10, that the only device or OS to my knowledge that is affordable and is in all or most countries in the world and FB made it clear that the want to target and world wide and that the easiest way. BB is growing in the 3rd world countries very strong plus with the BIS service it makes it very easy ad very affordable to communicate world wide real time.http://www.forbes.com/sites/briancaulfield/2012/05/02/research-in-motion-hey-were-big-in-indonesia-and-nigeria/.http://buffalowebcam.com/news/third-world-could-be-the-salvation-for-rims-blackberry

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:04

10. saied (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

If one day there is an announcement on the news page for "Phone Arena OS" I wouldn't be surprised

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:07

11. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Pointless. Me thinks those facebook folk are are thinking too highly of themselves these days thinking they can have an entire os and that people would buy into it.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:10

12. Sam987 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)

seems quite possible.As it leaked a few months ago and mentioned here too,an HTC phone codenamed Opera UL is supposed to be a Facebook phone.and just recently,when a list of codenames of 35 HTC phones for 2013 leaked,Opera UL was listed there too.So its possible that we might see a Facebook phone.but nothing can be said with surety.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:41

20. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Probably an app, doubt they could handle more then that.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:19

21. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Is it me or does someone else see Facebook as an OS difficult to imagine. Its a portal for social interaction dont get me wrong and they could leverage that as well as its numurous partners to be a part of it but I think its still in portal phase and has not reached the level of a full blown os quite yet. Thus, i cannot see it having its own phone.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 00:04

22. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

what would facebook could really bring? new OS would be nice since they also have gazillion of apps and games!! and a facebook phone don't really hay me!! are they pushing to be like Amazon? is the new OS really new? or just like Amazon's skinned Android? but Mr CEO hates html5!! how can they leverage?

it world shock me if it's a webOS

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 03:07

24. mydi.maus (unregistered)

phone book phone OS.?HHHMM,..

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