Facebook rumored to show off new phone or mobile OS on Tuesday20
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.
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.
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.