Facebook Smartphone to be Released in Mid 2013
July 26, 2012 5:40 PM
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Facebook concept design
Facebook will build it with HTC and use its own operating system
Facebook is set to team up with HTC and
join the smartphone arena
with its own device as soon as mid 2013.
The new smartphone will be made in joint with HTC and will offer Facebook's own version of a mobile operating system. Some have speculated that Facebook may use a version of the Android mobile operating system, since it can be modified, but that part is unclear for now.
To help with the mobile venture, Facebook has hired former Apple employees Greg Novick, who developed the touchscreen user interface; Scott Goodson, who helped create the stock market application; Tim Omernick, who worked on the device's software, and Chris Tremblay, who also worked on the software.
is likely the answer to one of the social giant's major issues: mobile advertising. Last year, Facebook had $3.15 billion in total advertising sales, but none of this came from ads on mobile devices.
Also, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said that shifting to mobile was Facebook's greatest challenge because the way people use it is much different than on a desktop computer.
By releasing a smartphone, Facebook would be able to monetize mobile in a much larger way. Also, by designing its own operating system for the mobile device, the shift to a mobile Facebook experience should closely mirror the desktop version.
The Facebook smartphone is due out in mid 2013.
In addition to creating its own smartphone, Facebook also said it plans on improving the existing Facebook iOS app. Many users have complained about it being slow or not working properly, but Facebook is on the case.
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7/27/2012 11:54:24 AM
FB needs a phone like Wonder bread needs a toaster.
It makes no f%cking difference what device you use to access FB.
FB is an APP. Period. By definition, that's what it is, what it has been, and what it always will be.
There is zero sense in making a bespoke FB device - unless FB honestly thinks they're going to neuter the FB app for other phones to try to push people to use their own device...which would end horribly for them.
This is nothing more than the thrashing about of a company trying to figure out some way to create growth when there is no natural room left for them to grow. IPO came about 5 years too late.
7/27/2012 8:42:42 PM
If Facebook does release a phone in its namesake, Big Brother will be all over it in a heart beat. The rumored project has Chris Hansen written all over it.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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