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  • Facebook May Join The Smartphone Crowd?



    In case you missed it, the Internet is buzzing (thanks to a supposed revelation over the weekend) that one of the world's largest social networks may be considering its very own smartphone development and launch. According to our friends at TechCrunch, the folks at Facebook are now at work of a phone of their own.

    Although "sources" at Facebook(including those of yours truly) deny any knowledge of a Facebook branded smartphone, one year ago Tech Crunch somehow managed to correctly discover that Google was working on what would be come the Nexus One, all while similar "sources" denied the plan. Of course, a smartphone offering from Google is a lot different from one by Facebook.

    That is, a Facebook smartphone - at least in theory - seems significantly limited in its application. And what, if anything, could a "Facebook Phone" offer users that, say, an iPhone running the Facebook app could not?

    For now, according to the report, two "high level Facebook employees" Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos are believed to be the ones "secretly" working on this particular project. Both have "deep operating system experience" and a desire to keep this project under wraps so that not even fellow Facebook employees know that this device is in the works. So far, mission accomplished, guys

    Although we have no definitive way of knowing if and when a Facebook phone would ultimately reach consumers, today both social networking junkies and smartphone fanatics are weighing in on the relative value (or lack thereof) of a Facebook-branded smartphone. Would you be interested?

    Tech Crunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook May Join The Smartphone Crowd? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Barquey's Avatar
      Barquey -
      Interesting.
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      Garmin did the same thing with their "garmin-phone". It pretty much failed. I mean it's not a bad device but It'll never reach the top with iPhone and android etc. I think this will be the same. Might be good for kids like the sidekick, but I doubt it'll turn into a HUGE success.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      hate to be a stickler but Facebook already confirmed this was a rumor.
    1. I Am Zak's Avatar
      I Am Zak -
      What he said ^^^
      Here is proof > BBC - Newsbeat - Facebook phone plans are denied after internet report
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Ya facebook denied it but I know that creepy Mark Zuckerberg would love to index everyones text messages, phone calls, etc. for his marketing.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      I wonder what they'll call their phone-to-phone video messaging? o.0
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      If they did what would it be called? Facephone 
      What's next twitter to make phone? Tweephone
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Don't care for it and will never get one lol.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Even if I never bought an iPhone before I would never buy a phone from Facebook. I mean their website already has a ton of privacy issues just imagine what information of yours they would be selling if you used their phone.


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    1. tremerone's Avatar
      tremerone -
      Dumb.....
      now can I please have the time back that I spent reading this article?
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      Stupid. But to wonder what they could offer that a iPhone running facebook.app can't is like saying wander what nexus one can do that a iPhone running googlemobile.app can't. They would surely do little things different.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      hate to be a stickler but Facebook already confirmed this was a rumor.

      Drop the gloves !!! I have 2-1 odds that Nick could take Michael out !!!!! LMAO
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Back to your old form I see. Could you do us a favor and go on vacation soon, Messany?
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post



      In case you missed it, the Internet is buzzing (thanks to a supposed revelation over the weekend) that one of the world's largest social networks may be considering its very own smartphone development and launch. According to our friends at TechCrunch, the folks at Facebook are now at work of a phone of their own.

      Although "sources" at Facebook(including those of yours truly) deny any knowledge of a Facebook branded smartphone, one year ago Tech Crunch somehow managed to correctly discover that Google was working on what would be come the Nexus One, all while similar "sources" denied the plan. Of course, a smartphone offering from Google is a lot different from one by Facebook.

      That is, a Facebook smartphone - at least in theory - seems significantly limited in its application. And what, if anything, could a "Facebook Phone" offer users that, say, an iPhone running the Facebook app could not?

      For now, according to the report, two "high level Facebook employees" Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos are believed to be the ones "secretly" working on this particular project. Both have "deep operating system experience" and a desire to keep this project under wraps so that not even fellow Facebook employees know that this device is in the works. So far, mission accomplished, guys

      Although we have no definitive way of knowing if and when a Facebook phone would ultimately reach consumers, today both social networking junkies and smartphone fanatics are weighing in on the relative value (or lack thereof) of a Facebook-branded smartphone. Would you be interested?

      Tech Crunch
      I can see the advertisements now, "The New Facebook Phone". Small print at the very bottom of the ad will read: not compatible with Twitter, Gmail, Buzz, Orkut, Myspace, OpenID, anything made by Microsoft or Zynga, etc... subject to change at anytime.

      No thanks... I'll pass.
    1. deshawn1680's Avatar
      deshawn1680 -
      ROTLMFAO! Now that's the best reply!!
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by tremerone View Post
      Dumb.....
      now can I please have the time back that I spent reading this article?
      it took you that long
    1. nrowensby's Avatar
      nrowensby -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      That is, a Facebook smartphone - at least in theory - seems significantly limited in its application. And what, if anything, could a "Facebook Phone" offer users that, say, an iPhone running the Facebook app could not?
      If this were true, I'm sure it would be a new take on a phone OS... just like the "Google Phone" was...

      So, if you were to ask, what can the "Google Phone" do that an iPhone running the Google App can't?




      EDIT: Should've read the other comments first... LOL

      Quote Originally Posted by Aliquippakid View Post
      Stupid. But to wonder what they could offer that a iPhone running facebook.app can't is like saying wander what nexus one can do that a iPhone running googlemobile.app can't. They would surely do little things different.
    1. mohaas05's Avatar
      mohaas05 -
      Why does it seem like modmyi is always the last place to break the news.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Facebook: "I got an idea; let's make a smartphone focused on social networking!"
      K.Nitsua: "A smart man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from another..."



      Engadget - The Microsoft Kin is Dead

      Facebook: *facepalm*
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      Facebook: "I got an idea; let's make a smartphone focused on social networking!"
      K.Nitsua: "A smart man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from another..."



      Engadget - The Microsoft Kin is Dead

      Facebook: *facepalm*
      Ha, that was my initial thought when I first read this as well, followed by an instant disdain for Messany once again.