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Samsung rejects Facebook phone pitch, 'watchers' claim it's Google fear

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Samsung rejects Facebook phone pitch, 'watchers' claim it's Google fear
Yesterday, we heard reports that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a meeting with Samsung mobile unit chief Shin Jong-kyun while on a tour of Asia. The reports have said that Zuck was trying to convince Samsung to partner with Facebook to develop a Facebook Home device like the failed HTC First.

Unfortunately, the news out of Korea is that Samsung has no interest at all in helping Facebook develop a device, because supposed 'industry watchers' (not sources close to the project in any way) said:
Samsung doesn’t want to help nurture a second Google, which is now becoming a formidable rival for Samsung in the handset business.

We have a couple reservations on this, because while it does make sense that Samsung wouldn't want to create a new rival by helping Facebook, we're a little skeptical as to if that reasoning extends to Google. First, as mentioned, the analysis of an 'industry watcher' doesn't really sway us much. Second, Samsung has built its empire in partnership with Google, and calling Google a "formidable rival" to Samsung sounds more like media flame than the real world. 

No doubt, Samsung would like to reduce its dependence on Google, which is why the company is supporting Tizen, and loading up its Android devices with its own content stores. But, Samsung must realize just like we all do that its success is due to the close partnership it formed with Google. Calling any Nexus hardware "rivals" to Samsung hardware (assuming the Nexus device is in the 3 out of 6 that weren't made by Samsung) is absurd, because Nexus hardware is for enthusiasts and developers, and never comes close to competing with Samsung Galaxy devices in sales. 

Still, it looks like Facebook will have to look elsewhere for help. Maybe Huawei is willing to partner with Zuck and crew.

source: Korea Herald via BGR

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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:08 15

1. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

BS. Facebook phones are just a losing proposition. Samsung made the right decision.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:14 10

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I also think that Samsung made the right decision, Facebook would ruin Samsung's reputation.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:28 3

3. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Michael, I want to thumbs-up this entire article. Your dispatching of the purported Samsung-Google rivalry is spot-on.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 12:14 2

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

This comment is a good thumbs-up. You may also want to share the link (just a suggestion).


posted on 19 Jun 2013, 13:47

8. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

There may still be a rialry. They may have just said that to get the Facebook camp off their back.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 14:20

10. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

As Michael suggested though, the potential rivalry would be Android vs. Tizen, not Samsung vs. Google vs. Facebook.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:47

4. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Facebook should approach Lenovo or hwawei or zte or other Chinese mobile phone maker. They are more than willing to make an fb phone. And they should sell it first on Asian market before bringing it the US.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 12:25 3

6. lorenzattractor (Posts: 68; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Or maybe Facebook should just give up on making this facebook phone. It's already been proven countless times that nobody wants it.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 12:48 1

7. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Zuckerberg, should steal some more ideas from his friends, to continue the success of FB,.......

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 13:52

9. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

Facebook should focus on improving its apps and website reliability while introducing actually USEFUL features than trying to make yet another failed phone. HTC ChaCha, Salsa, Status, and now the First. All more or less failures.

First useful feature I'd like them to introduce would be the posts in the news feed collapsing automatically after they've been scrolled past, so then you don't have a huge page open, and doesn't use a device's power/memory trying to remember all the data above where the user is interacting.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 18:39

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Samsung may have plan to launch their own mobile OS or just stick to Android as it work very well for them.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 19:28

12. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

LMAO Samsung turn them down. no ONE wants a crappy FB phone. plus the last two sucks and never sold that many units. FB should just give up n go back on their social site instead of trying so hard making a ugly looking phone

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 02:46

13. Trex95 (Posts: 1095; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Thumps up for Samsung.

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