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

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:

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



1. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

8. ZeroCide

Posts: 812; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

6. lorenzattractor unregistered

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

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 803; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

9. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

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

13. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Thumps up for Samsung.

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