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Samsung may be building a new Facebook phone

Posted: , by Michael H.

Samsung may be building a new Facebook phone
The first attempt at a "Facebook phone" was the HTC First, which was an unequivocal failure and was discontinued less than two months after its release. Even Facebook Home, which was the company's attempt at an Android launcher didn't capture the attention of the public (even if it was very sticky). But, it seems that Facebook may be trying again, and this time it may be Samsung building the hardware for Facebook.

Word has it that Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung’s Vice Chairman, Lee Jay-Yong at Samsung’s headquarters in Korea, and the two talked about "futuristic business projects". This isn't the first time that Facebook and Samsung have met either, this is actually the third time, and the rumor is that Facebook is searching for a hardware partner to work on a new Facebook phone. Of course, Samsung was one of the companies Facebook met with before going with HTC and the First, so this may not come to much. 

There is always the possibility that Facebook is trying for a less aggressive strategy and trying to get its apps pre-installed on Samsung hardware, which seems like a far more reasonable explanation. The South Korean media feels like it is something more, but we'll believe it when we see it. 

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posted on 14 Oct 2014, 20:59

1. torr310 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Facebook with highend specs/quality or great appearance might have the chance.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:02 6

2. Sakeem (Posts: 608; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

The question i have is..........why?

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:08 7

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I hope it fails much more than the first one did.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:17 2

8. Sakeem (Posts: 608; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

That's the thing Smurf, i really don't see this succeeding at all. Why they seem to be wasting precious resources on a Facebook phone is beyond me. Let's see what happens.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:09

4. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

i want a twitter phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:10 1

5. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Facebook seems like the problem is that people are amused by the hardware when the truth is that no one wants a Facebook phone. HTC failed ... twice, so tell me why Samsung is going to succeed? Yes, Samsung is more valuable than HTC but I don't think it'll make people by the phone. We already have a Facebook app that isn't really perfect.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:10

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 24454; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Let me guess, it'll be a another Galaxy.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 22:28 1

16. iushnt (Posts: 2211; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

Galaxy is only for Android..

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 06:03

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

What OS do you think the last two Facebook phones used?

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:11

7. AlikMalix (unregistered)

If at first you dont succeed... get up and try again..? is that right?...

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:22 1

9. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Why is everyone wasting time making a FB phone? last two failed.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:30

10. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Sh33p will see samsung logo on it and it'll fly off the shelves.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:34 1

11. fcobtz (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

Please don't

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:35 3

12. dimas (Posts: 2513; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

This is one of the signs that Sammy's marketing team are on panic because they're losing profit. Even their Alpha model doesn't have that appeal to the people. Their phone's hardwares are good but their touchwiz and aesthetics are still stuck in the freezer casings.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:37

13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Lol. If Samsung wants their revenues, profits, and brand value to go further into the toilet, they will work with Facebook. I really hope they are not that stupid.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 21:40 1

14. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

Uhhhh Facebook Phone failed, Amazon Phone failed. The trend suggests that..... naw...

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 22:47 1

17. Whitefur (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)

The problem with the Fire Phone is that literally nobody was invested into Amazon's ecosystem enough for the lack of Google services not being prevalent. The original Facebook phone only failed because of poor marketing, and I see a lot of people who are really devoted to FB's ecosystem. Combine that with Sammy's name and you have the attention of social media addicts.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 22:01 1

15. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Facebook is a somewhat necessary evil, but my phone is a necessity. I don't need the marginal app dominating the UX.

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 22:48

18. Whitefur (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)

What it Apple released something like this... *shutters*

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 23:37 1

19. DRavago (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Or they could just make a Facebook launcher for those who can't get enough of Facebook? No need to waste money on r&d for a phone that's gonna look like every other Samsung phone with Facebook instead of flipboard

posted on 14 Oct 2014, 23:46

20. Blazers (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

They already have a launcher.


posted on 15 Oct 2014, 00:19

21. Arthurhkt (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Might be something to do with Tizen?

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 00:45

22. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I agree with the last paragraph- nothing screams "Facebook Phone". Facebook may be just working on getting some exclusives or some special services on Samsung phones.

I would LOVE to know how anyone could pitch another Facebook phone to any company, much less one in the position of power that Samsung is in.

"Let's start this meeting off by saying you her at Samsung owe us here at Facebook for damaging HTC so bad with the last Facebook phone. By convincing your competition to use our product we hurt their bottom line enough to help ensure they were no threat to you.

However, here is why this next Facebook phone will be different...."

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 00:52

23. MEeee (Posts: 361; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Bookmark this page, then look back 2 years later. You all will be wrong again just like with phablets.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 01:50

26. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I think you may have tech-examples confused.

Phablets are a hardware device style. They grew out of the response for media-driven consumers. Those that wanted to use software features like gaming and streaming videos or movies needed a group of hardware devices that they could still carry in their pockets (barely in some cases) but allowed for them to take advantage of those media options. Better analogies are rugged phones (still in demand) or 3D phones (which are most assuredly NOT in demand).

Facebook is a media service- a software feature. There are apps, launchers, and a good old fashioned internet version which are all allow acces to this service. If you are heading out to buy a phone, why would you pick a hardware device based on software you can acces from anything at anytime almost anywhere? This has been tried by HTC twice: the already kicked around First, and the HTC Status back in 2011. Both flopped. In two years, there may be another service that has supplanted Facebook for social anyways. And a phone based on whatever it is will flop as well.

Phone sales are driven by hardware specs. Software is attached to the device.

By the way: I was one of those people who were wrong on Phablets. Just so you know I own up.

posted on 15 Oct 2014, 03:57

24. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

THIS AGAIN!!!??? Samsung, do you REALLY wan't so sink deeper into lower profits. LEAVE THIS ONE ALONE.

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