Facebook smartphone rumors put to rest by CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook smartphone rumors put to rest by CEO Mark Zuckerberg
You've probably heard the rumor: there is a Facebook phone in the works, developed by the most popular social network in the world in partnership with HTC. The alleged device will run a modified Android version and will have Facebook deeply integrated within the platform. It has been mentioned that mid-2013 is when this "Facebook phone" is scheduled to launch.

However, it won't. That is because a Facebook smartphone doesn't exist and it probably never will, judging by what the social network's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated. "It doesn't move the needle for us," the Zuck said during a speech at TechCrunch Disrupt event. "The phone just doesn't make any sense." Rather than investing in hardware, it would be much wiser if Facebook becomes a service tightly connected with popular mobile platforms, like iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Yet there's an idea that Facebook appears a lot more open to, namely becoming a search engine, which would rival Google, Bing, and Yahoo! with its functionality. "We’re basically doing 1 billion queries a day and we’re not even trying," Zuckerberg stated. "Facebook is pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have. At some point we’ll do it. We have a team working on it." No specific details were given at that is just an option that the company is looking into, so a Facebook search engine will not appear overnight. However, the idea does make sense for Facebook, given it is currently the most visited web site on the web. Yet do you feel ready to replace Google, Yahoo! or Bing with Facebook? Let us know in the comments!

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8 Comments

1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lol, imagine changing google with facebook. Before: Google it! After: Facebook it! Facebook it? How? Search it? Put it as a status? :))

2. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

IMO they will not directly compete with Google, Yahoo!, or any other search engines. They'd be focusing on their own database that contains tons of their own unique collated information about individuals and advertisement activities. IMO, a good move would be to have a dedicated search engine optimized for searches on good deals on purchases, restaurants, air-fares, hotel accommodations, etc since all those fb advertisements gives facebook a lot of information on who (age,gender,location,interests,etc) clicks, buys, or views those ads.

3. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

good point!

4. Black_Dynamite

Posts: 6; Member since: May 29, 2012

Am I the only one that believes that a Facebook Phone, or Facebook Search engine is the sign of the Apocalypse? If it isn't then it is definitely the beginning of the fall of Western Society. Facebook must be stopped.

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yes. Such services don't have a big halflife :)

6. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

you can start by stop using it yourself ! :P

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Facebook, they and their rules, much like another Apple. I created an account, like some pages, add existing friends, update my profile then dang! Facebook log me out, then when login i get this message that some service has been disable for me for 15days, can't post, like or share. My account is completely paralyzed. That sad thing is their's no real alliterative to facebook

8. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I'm wondering how you added existing friends.

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