Microsoft wants to help make the Facebook phone

Microsoft wants to help make the Facebook phone
Microsoft has a warning for Facebook. The Redmond company doesn't think it's a good idea for Facebook to follow the path of Android forks like Amazon and Barnes & Noble in an effort to build the fabled Facebook phone. Not surprisingly, Microsoft thinks Windows Phone should power the Facebook phone. 

Neither side has commented on the rumor, but it seems likely that Microsoft has at least contacted Facebook about a potential partnership. The rumor has it that Microsoft would help build the platform, which would likely only carry a "powered by Windows Phone" tag, but would be branded as Facebook. This plan would certainly mean less work for Facebook in building the platform, but it would also likely limit the customization available. 

The big argument from Microsoft seems to be that Facebook wouldn't be supporting a direct competitor in Google. This makes sense, and Facebook and Microsoft already have a pretty close relationship. And, Facebook is already fairly deeply integrated into Windows Phone. The other arguments from Microsoft are that it has the relationships and know-how to do it. Microsoft has already built a mobile platform and has the relationships with hardware vendors and carriers to help Facebook succeed. 

We know that you guys aren't exactly the target demographic for a Facebook phone, but if you were forced to buy one for a younger relative would you prefer it to be a forked Android or a branded Windows Phone? For the Marketplace alone, we might side with Windows Phone, unless Facebook would be using the Amazon Appstore. 

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23 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I would like to see a "powered by windows" Facebook phone. Only if M$ would allow Facebook to skin and customize as they see fit. Windows as a mobile platform has a lot of features and amazing stability that could be built upon. I just wouldn't want it to be a windows phone featuring Facebook. We already have a mango flavored version of that.

4. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Skin and it looks like android, ugly, messy, cluttered.

11. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

true that

17. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

You again.....

22. Trolls.Arent.Human

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2012

Luckily, Android is fully customizable, so you can change it if you find it too ugly, messy, or cluttered. If you don't like the look of WP or iOS, the only option is to buy a new phone.

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

what does this mean, a facebook OS and a facebook phone?! sorry coz i dont get it!

3. ewardenp112

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2012

As someone who has had 4 or 5 Android phones (can't remember all) and have moved 3 members or my family to Android, I must say this is a good thing. I just started using WP7 and will try to move all if not all of my family members to Windows Phone 7. I just can't get enought, well.. it needs more apps and I hate it that a few paid apps and music that i bought will now be gone. BUT then, the same thing happened when I switched from IOS to Android. So, yeah, a Facebook Phone, Tablet or whatever with Windows 7 or 8 would make more sense.

5. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

If there's gonna be a Facebook phone, perish the thought, then I think a Windows Phone would suit it much better. The people that would buy that type of device aren't phone enthusiasts, and therefore would need a simpler device without lag. WP fits the bill better than Android. Plus, WP is all uniform. All phones would have all the same features. In Android, some phones would be capable of certain things while others are not. That's not an ideal situation for a FB phone.

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Awkay bring it on

7. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

it shud be android, ui of wp is fast and gud, but androids ui is better and fast and have gud looks , personally i dont like those single coloured tiles., But those tiles shall look gud in tabs

13. TurkeyBacon

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2012

Fast? lol you better learn the facts

8. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

Your English is not very gud ;-)

10. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

Oh snap, double post. Anyway, I'd guess the Facebook phone would change the default Metro tiles into Facebook icons instead, but pretty much keep the functionality of the LiveTiles. That and pretty much redesign the wole UI into something Facebook colorish and smaller fonts. But a lot of functionality from Windows Phone will probably be kept, because to be honest - Windows Phone have the best quick-sharing options of any platform out there. So why slow it down by changing it? :-) So the phone will still be "powered by Windows Phone", although re-designed quite a bit.

12. APPLE_R0YALLY

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

We say™ this is not a bad I dear....?!™

14. TurkeyBacon

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2012

I wonder, why do you always use the 'TM' symbol? o.o

16. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Why do you use the TM for?

21. Trolls.Arent.Human

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2012

It's a TrollMark, of course.

15. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

plenty patents coming..

18. Danalvi1981

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 02, 2010

Nobody wants a Facebook phone when we have a Facebook App!!!

19. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

horrible idea.

20. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

if theyre going to make a facebook oriented phone then i want a myspace oriented phone powered by palm. lol

23. Cosmo

Posts: 32; Member since: May 03, 2012

What's the point of having a Facebook phone? It would make more sense to have a Twitter phone.. But the idea of Windows making the FB phone could succeed.. Definitely not gonna work out if it was Android.. Android has too many things going on already.. Apple would be too exclusive.. BlackBerry is too secure.. Oh well, going back to my point, it would be a non sense to have a phone dedicated for Facebook when in fact the FB app works so well already like it's already part of the phone.. Imagine posting stuff and it says "via Facebook for Facebook".. Spell redundant..

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Are you serious bro? Look at what HTC did with FB phone and it failed. it's so damn small and ugly looking. Microsoft needs to think again.

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