Samsung may be building a new Facebook phone

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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26 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

2. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

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

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 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.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i want a twitter phone.

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.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

16. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Galaxy is only for Android..

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

7. AlikMalix unregistered

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

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

10. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

11. fcobtz

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Please don't

12. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

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

17. Whitefur

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

18. Whitefur

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

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

19. DRavago

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 11, 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

20. Blazers

Posts: 719; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

21. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Might be something to do with Tizen?

22. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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...."

23. MEeee

Posts: 397; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

26. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

24. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

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