Facebook phone to feature Linux and Opera

The Facebook application for mobile devices and tablets has seen significant change throughout the year so far and whilst the app isn't perfect, Facebook is trying its hardest to improve the experience on-the-go.

This determination from Facebook’s end has sparked up a rumour regarding the upcoming Facebook phone, which is supposedly coming next year. Even the recent change in Facebook becoming a publicly traded company has resulted in multiple engineers from all fields of the industry helping to design some as-of-yet unknown hardware and software, but the biggest surprise may be imminent.

Facebook is looking to purchase Opera, one of the fastest and under-used web browsers available in an attempt to conquer new areas in social integration and web browsing. In addition, Facebook and HTC have partnered to create a new device, currently code-named “Buffy”, that many believe will be the official Facebook handset.

The device is rumoured to run some form of Unix OS and will feature Opera’s mobile browser. We assume that Facebook would use its own currency for charging for paid apps, which does result in profit for the company.

What do you think of the rumours so far? Can’t we all use Facebook and Opera’s mobile web browser as-is? Is Facebook trying too hard to sell itself?

Source: XDA-Developers

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Facebook is desperate. Without a mobile presence (besides their official app), their future is precarious at best. That's reflected in the declining stock price.

funny, cause when I last used Opera (years ago mind) it couldn't render Facebook properly and some features wouldn't work. Guessing they've worked out these kinks now though

samw said,
funny, cause when I last used Opera (years ago mind) it couldn't render Facebook properly and some features wouldn't work. Guessing they've worked out these kinks now though

So true.

samw said,
funny, cause when I last used Opera (years ago mind) it couldn't render Facebook properly and some features wouldn't work. Guessing they've worked out these kinks now though

I have always found Opera to have a lot of quirks. That's why I don't use it as my main browser. For the longest time it would crash every time I tried to print something... And that was just this past year... lol

*shrug*

I'm not really all that interested in getting a phone centred around Facebook. I do use Facebook but I am not that interested in this.

So now this has all been confirmed, or are we assuming?

Also, this would be a horrible idea for Facebook. The revaluation of their stock combined with a phone that could blow up in their face could really drive home that Facebook is a fad... They clearly do not want that...

M_Lyons10 said,
So now this has all been confirmed, or are we assuming?

Also, this would be a horrible idea for Facebook. The revaluation of their stock combined with a phone that could blow up in their face could really drive home that Facebook is a fad... They clearly do not want that...

"The rumor mill is on fire right now with talks of an upcoming Facebook phone,"

So, it is a gossip founded in a gossip.

Magallanes said,

"The rumor mill is on fire right now with talks of an upcoming Facebook phone,"

So, it is a gossip founded in a gossip.

That's what I figured, but the article is worded as if things have been confirmed...

"Facebook is looking to purchase Opera" - Really? Or is there a RUMOR that they are looking to purchase Opera. I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere...

Well, the stock is down to $26 today, they've got to throw out some rumors. Once it hits $20 we'll probably hear that anyone who buys the to-be-released Facebook phone gets a free unicorn.

threetonesun said,
Well, the stock is down to $26 today, they've got to throw out some rumors. Once it hits $20 we'll probably hear that anyone who buys the to-be-released Facebook phone gets a free unicorn.

Wow, I thought the stock had stabilized at $32. Down over 4% today

Google was trading at $635 on May 17th... now down to $580. Looks like everyone has been taking a tumble in the stock market recently.

Facebook 'embraces open source'...
So when the **** are they going to fix that joke of a HHVM they uploaded? Oh - never!

I agree, if Opera agrees to this it would be a total irreversible disaster for them. Facecrook is just a fad, Opera has been around for forever.

JAB Creations said,
I agree, if Opera agrees to this it would be a total irreversible disaster for them. Facecrook is just a fad, Opera has been around for forever.

I love Opera and also hope if this goes ahead they're not negatively affected by new ownership. Couldn't live without Opera's innovation.

The only concern this brings is that IMO if the "Facebook Phone" gets some features to be only available on it, then that would probably end up killing Facebook. They cannot expect everyone to use their phone to use the platform in full...

If Facebook is serious about entering the mobile market, it should purchase RIM, it gets a brand new OS and unique hardware geared towards staying connected, it can also merge BBM and Facebook chat. RIM would get the re-branding that it needs.

damvigilante said,
If Facebook is serious about entering the mobile market, it should purchase RIM, it gets a brand new OS and unique hardware geared towards staying connected, it can also merge BBM and Facebook chat. RIM would get the re-branding that it needs.

This is actually possible and makes darn good sense.