There have been several rounds of rumors and denials about a phone from Facebook and also a funny take on how to the Facebook Phone will look like. However, until now there have been more denials than acceptance about it by Facebook.
In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Mark Zuckerberg agreed that they are working on a platform for a phone and not an actual phone itself. This was corroborated by articles from Bloomberg and Giga OM.
We’ve been working with INQ for a couple of years now to help them build a deeply integrated Facebook experience on their devices,Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said in an e- mailed statement. While we can’t speak for their future product development plans, we can say that our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social.
Facebook Phone will be built by mobile handset manufacturers INQ Mobile, who have been known to manufacture phones specifically for social networking. According to reports, there will be two smartphones based on Facebook and they will be coming to AT&T in the United States.
According to Facebook stats, 1/4th of their 500 million users use mobile devices or mobile apps on iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry to access the site. This in itself means that over 125 million users are actively using smartphones to access the site. It would definitely make sense for Facebook to get a pie of the 125 million users by launching their own phone.
However, unlike other mobile apps, the dedicated Facebook phones will also concentrate on a gaming apps and experience, which is where users spend most of their time on the site. Currently, no other mobile phone directly allows users to play Facebook games.
However, it would be interesting to see how many people actually go ahead and buy the device. Let’s hold onto that thought for now.
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