Facebook Puts The Kibosh On FB Smartphone...Or Does It?
Zuckerberg's denial came during the company's earnings report. After suggesting that a Facebook smartphone isn't on the horizon, he took some time to explain what is: namely, turning Facebook into a mobile platform for apps in the same way that Facebook is a platform for apps on the Web. "We want to support a development ecosystem, where other apps can build on top of Facebook," said Zuckerberg.
Facebook experts are taking Zuckerberg's statement with a heavy grain of salt, and they're quick to point out that his comments don't necessarily rule out a smartphone (designed by another company) that is built from the ground up to be a Facebook-centric device. One way or another, we'll likely find out in a year or so, as most experts agree that the time-frame for an FB smartphone - if there is one - would be about a year.