Samsung to launch Facebook clone? [Update]

Samsung's made a name for itself by entering into new product categories. Some feel the company's gone too far, however, and relies too much on copying its competitors' products. But how far outside the company's core competencies will Samsung go to copy a competitor? If a new report in The Korea Times is to be believed, pretty far.

The outlet is reporting that Samsung is currently working on a blatant Facebook clone, which the company even refers to internally as "Samsung Facebook." Samsung officials told The Korea Times that its social network will launch sometime next year with the hopes that it will eventually compete with Facebook. The announcement comes as the company continues to work on strengthening the software and content side of its business, the report said.

Samsung won't be starting from scratch, however, since it already has some services that could be used as building platforms for a social network.

[Samsung] has been buoyed by the acceptance of its mobile chat application, ChatOn, available not only on Samsung devices, but products made by rivals Apple and Research In Motion (RIM). But social media has been fueling the explosive demand for mobile Internet devices and has always been its main focus.

Software experts at Samsung have a framework to build on in Family Story, a social networking service with an emphasis on photo sharing, chatting and schedule reminders, accessible on a limited number of Samsung smartphones and Web-connected televisions. 

While Samsung has yet to decide a name for the service, some key aspect of the social network have already been solved. The company plans to integrate the service with Amazon's cloud computing platform, for instance, and plans on implementing it in the company's phones, cameras, televisions and Blu-ray players.

Update: Samsung has officially responded to The Korea Times' report via the company's official blog and called the report "not true" and "groundless." Instead, Samsung says, it is working on an updated version of Family Story.

Via: The Verge
Source: The Korea Times

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OMG when will these companies realize that WE DONT WANT FACEBOOK. WE ALREADY HAVE FACEBOOK. NOBODY EVEN LIKES IT but we HAVE to have it because it is a really easy communication tool. WE DONT WANT ANOTHER ONE U IDIOTS.

Samsung, please, please, please, get my respect back. I really like the company!

I feel like it needs to be mentioned: nothing lasts forever. Facebook will not always be on top, and it *is* possible to challenge it. Difficult, yes. But doesn't mean that no-one should try (especially if it pushes FB more).

Lol, good luck. I reckon Google have the best chance of enticing users away from Facebook, but even their service (Google+) has a long way to go before it's anywhere near as good as Facebook, especially since Facebook launched Timeline and the Open Graph.

They are absolutely out of their mind. Even Google can't bring G+ to great momentum; yet, google is putting their full force and focus on G+. People will go where their friends are, and right now, their friends are on Facebook.

Y U NO make A social site which has common stream taken from Facebook , Google Plus , Twitter , Youtube etc and add your designs there to make it feel like just one social site !

Why? They will have literally dozens of users. Apple's Ping is reportedly being shut down due to lack of use. Samsung thinks they can do better?

Looks like Samsung is even copying Google's method of copying other companies products and ideas. It's the new trend, copy the copiers. You just might get somewhere.

Lol really?

Go ahead, it'll be fun to see it crash and burn lol

Another social network, hooray, because we all know that we want networks to be plenty, so we can have an app and a website for each friend and every type of fart lol...

Geez, we need an open platform that gets extended by companies via plug-ins (think special social networks just as a plugin) that also is 100% locally backup-ready and ready to use offline, like email.

So the power is decentralized and the plethora of features is as large or as minimalist as you want it.
I know I virtually almost described diaspora, I think we really need it to grow, as I think only an open platform that we can control will have a stable future, companies fall, I agree Facebook is rather stable and all, but many of those novel networks that seem appealing I never can stop thinking of how long they will take to close down and my data with them, so many times I don't even bother trying them out...

GS:mac

Seriously? What's the point of another one of these that nobody will use?
It will be really pathetic if they do literally make it a facebook clone. I wouldn't put it past them though.