Facebook Puts The Kibosh On FB Smartphone...Or Does It?

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News Posted: Fri, Jul 27 2012 2:52 PM
Facebook has been fairly dismissive of reports of a Facebook smartphone, but the strongest rejection came yesterday from Mark Zuckerberg, himself. And yet, even with the CEO of the company saying that such a phone "Wouldn't really make much sense to do," analysts and reporters are largely unconvinced that one isn't in the works right now.

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.

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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.
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jul 27 2012 3:49 PM

I couldn't possibly imagine an idea worse than a Facebook Phone, except maybe a Facebook Phone with a cord on it - chained to the wall.

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sevags replied on Fri, Jul 27 2012 8:20 PM

I'm thinking phones aren't their only goal but imagine tablets running a fbOS... It would have social networking heavily embedded throughout the entire UI experience, the ability to run any fb app, and of course provide ads.

Sad thing is all this could be built over open source Android and become its own flavor or android one I which maybe everyone would have the option of installing on any android device in the end?...

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