Facebook is Still Making a CellphoneWe’ve been down this road before, but this time it looks like Facebook is, in fact, building a true smartphone. And we’re not talking about a glorified feature phone with a dedicated Facebook button, either.
The report comes courtesy of the New York Times. They state that the social networking company is making a concerted effort to release a branded phone by next year, probably similar to how Amazon released a branded Android tablet with the Kindle Fire.
To help with that, the company has hired former Apple employees who worked on the iPad and iPhone. So they are probably looking to create their own entire platform and interface centered around Facebook.
Facebook, for their part, have neither confirmed nor denied the story, which is standard fare for things like this. At this point the phone is probably more of a test device, a move which lets Facebook see whether they want to go down that route. Facebook probably won’t say anything until the product has either been confirmed or cancelled, much like how Microsoft handled the Courier.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that rumors of a Facebook phone have abounded. Previous sounds were made back in 2010, though they amounted to little. This time, though, they are given a little more credence by both the New York Times and Taiwan-based Digitimes, who has a remarkable record with rumors (both true and false).
At this point about the only thing we know is that the Facebook phone would be a collaboration between the social media giant and HTC, maker of fine cellphones.
So what would you want out of a Facebook smartphone? Tell us below in the comments.