Will a "Facebook phone" be powered by Windows Phone?

Several months ago, rumors hit the internet that Facebook was working with HTC on a "Facebook phone" project. The rumors at the time said that the smartphone would be based on Google's Android OS but modified to add additional Facebook features. Those same rumors added that the device will also have an HTML5-based service for delivering applications.

Neither Facebook nor HTC have ever confirmed any plans for such a device. However, a new rumor at Business Insider claims, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft is trying to convince Facebook that it should launch such a device with Windows Phone instead.

The story claims that Microsoft would try to pitch Facebook the idea that Microsoft knows how to develop a mobile phone operating system and would help Facebook create such a device. The same story claims that Microsoft would try to convince Facebook that it knows everyone in the smartphone industry, even though sales of Windows Phone products have lagged behind Android and iOS devices.

The article lists a number of reasons why Microsoft would want to get in bed with Facebook on such a project, including the fact that such a device would bring more traffic to Microsoft's Bing search business. Neither Facebook nor Microsoft have commented on these new rumors.

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FB wants to provide innovation where it is not merited. We have social integration now across all platforms. If they are looking to keep their hands busy, they should work on a legit Windows Phone app for both Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

There are two Facebook phones already - the HTC ChaCha and Salsa. They're both terrible and should be enough evidence to prove you don't need a smartphone with even more Facebook on it.

Microsoft should remove scrollbars completely on touch devices like the phone/tablets since no one uses scrollbars on those devices.

Scrollbars shold be the next thing to die in touch screen devices. =D

Chica Ami said,
Microsoft should remove scrollbars completely on touch devices like the phone/tablets since no one uses scrollbars on those devices.

Scrollbars shold be the next thing to die in touch screen devices. =D

What scrollbars?

All these people on here stating WP has failed or doesn't have any marketshare are just full of crap, In the US alone the market share has doubled in the last quarter and all around the world where it is already available its marketshare is slowly going up. All you mindless android drones that have had your minds warped by google should just go back to rooting your phones and shutup.

korupt_one said,
All these people on here stating WP has failed or doesn't have any marketshare are just full of crap, In the US alone the market share has doubled in the last quarter and all around the world where it is already available its marketshare is slowly going up. All you mindless android drones that have had your minds warped by google should just go back to rooting your phones and shutup.

The best is when people say "it's just Kin2" when kin was released/pulled in a span of 40 something days. We're headed towards two years and the release of WP8 which coincides with Win8 (at least that looks to be the case). Our numbers might be small, but a fail it is not.

Yuck, FB phone!! I ditched FB on my phone because of the ammount of stuff it accessed. I'd hate to have a phone that used info in the way FB did.

Auzeras said,
Yuck, FB phone!! I ditched FB on my phone because of the ammount of stuff it accessed. I'd hate to have a phone that used info in the way FB did.

Do you use an iPhone?
If you're an Android user, Google has way more information about you than FB app could ever hope to capture.

MS need to try something new, nothing they have done so far is helping with WP7 market share. It is debatable that the Nokia deal was a success for either company and this Facebook phone sounds like a good idea.

As someone said above virtually all new customers are avoiding Windows Phone so maybe calling it a Facebook Phone may get it some good attention and much needed sales.

derekaw said,
MS need to try something new, nothing they have done so far is helping with WP7 market share. It is debatable that the Nokia deal was a success for either company and this Facebook phone sounds like a good idea.

As someone said above virtually all new customers are avoiding Windows Phone so maybe calling it a Facebook Phone may get it some good attention and much needed sales.

According to the latest stats, Windows Phone almost doubled their market share last month

jakem1 said,

According to the latest stats, Windows Phone almost doubled their market share last month

It's not hard to double a number close to zero. Last time I looked Windows Phone did not even have its own color in the graphs, it was lumped in with the 'others'

Either way you look at the windows phone numbers they are appalling and Microsoft and Nokia must be very concerned.

Facebook phone will fail just like an "ESPN" phone. You don't need to market it as such. The experience is what matters, not the brand.

betasp said,
Facebook phone will fail just like an "ESPN" phone. You don't need to market it as such. The experience is what matters, not the brand.

ESPN phone? Is that anything like the football phone you got when you subscribed to Sports Illustrated?

This would be a very clever marketing plan for Microsoft, I would never buy anything that is branded by facebook but WP7 is an amazing platform and is perfect for this

Toysoldier said,
This would be a very clever marketing plan for Microsoft, I would never buy anything that is branded by facebook but WP7 is an amazing platform and is perfect for this

I think MS is thinking the opposite, WP is generally avoided by virtually all new customers so branding it as Facebook is a good move.

thealexweb said,

I think MS is thinking the opposite, WP is generally avoided by virtually all new customers so branding it as Facebook is a good move.

Wtf? I embraced WP7 even though I came up from an old e63 symbian phone, what the hell are you talking about? I never looked back, even though I tested both Android OS, and iOS 5.

thealexweb said,

I think MS is thinking the opposite, WP is generally avoided by virtually all new customers so branding it as Facebook is a good move.

I wouldn't say it's avoided. I'd say they a) don't know it exists b) are locked into something else anyway or c) get dissuaded by reps that think they know everything.

I know from more than a couple of experiences that reps at stores are usually not very swift. When a rep tells me that she doens't want to sell WinMo again, she's clueless. When a rep tells me the Lumia 900 is "compatible with the windows", she's clueless. People aren't avoiding it, they're ignorant about it. So MS and people like Nokia have to push the hell out of it. That's what it's going to take before people notice AND care.

laserfloyd said,

I wouldn't say it's avoided. I'd say they a) don't know it exists b) are locked into something else anyway or c) get dissuaded by reps that think they know everything.

D: Shelves covered in different Android phones, and 1 iphone.

they got androids up the wazoo...

Toysoldier said,

Now thats a load of rubbish.

The market share inroads WP has made is poor and everyone always seens ready to offer excuse after excuse as to why.

rageagainstmachine said,
why...just why would one need a facebook phone?

I probably see people using Facebook on their phones more than any other app. I can understand why someone would want a phone with really deep integration.

rageagainstmachine said,
why...just why would one need a facebook phone?

EXACTLY.

The direction is making the Swiss Knife better.

If you add Facebook to a Swiss Knife with many other tools, that's a step in the right direction.

But if you wish for a Swiss Knife with only Facebook in it, that's a piece of crap. That would mean, I would need to bring many Swiss Knives, where each can only do one thing. Why not integrate multiple tools into one Swiss Knife?

Wasn't there already a phone dedicated for facebook? and it was a fail...
with wp7 there are more chances of failure imo

marketZZ said,
Wasn't there already a phone dedicated for facebook? and it was a fail...
with wp7 there are more chances of failure imo

I agree. I would believe Facebook would be wise to go to the OS with the most user base. Just imagine a FB phone that can install Angry Birds/Instagram/etc... Just makes sense if FB is really going to do this. WP7 just doesn't have the marketshare/userbase/apps/etc. It lacks in a lot of ways IMO, though I know a lot of people will argue with this. Meh.

jas GFX said,

I agree. I would believe Facebook would be wise to go to the OS with the most user base. Just imagine a FB phone that can install Angry Birds/Instagram/etc... Just makes sense if FB is really going to do this. WP7 just doesn't have the marketshare/userbase/apps/etc. It lacks in a lot of ways IMO

No you have that all wrong facebook would be the userbase, facebook would be wise to choose the os that better intergrates with its services requiring less modification, WP7 does this perfectly without the need for some bloated app, with clever use of live tiles and video chat it would be amazing.

jas GFX said,
though I know a lot of people will argue with this. Meh.

LOL

rfirth said,
I don't understand... Windows Phone already is a Facebook phone...

Yes it is. Sure, it integrates with MSN and Twitter, too, but 90% of the contacts in my people app are from Facebook. The way it imports all your contacts and then allows you to chat with them the same as sending someone a SMS and allows you to see your FB feed in the people app is so simple and easy to use it's ridiculous. I love WP7. What I don't understand is why it's still struggling to gain a foothold in the mobile world. People complain there is a lack of apps, but I think that 1) people should be getting a phone based on how well and easily it allows you to communicate with people, not whether or not you can get Angry Birds and 2) if more people switched to WP7 then probably more devs would make apps for it.

Darrian said,

What I don't understand is why it's still struggling to gain a foothold in the mobile world.

Probably because most people buying phones 2 years ago didn't know windows phone series 7 was going to exist in a few months.

jas GFX said,

Just imagine a FB phone that can install Angry Birds...

No need to imagine really. I have one of those right now. It's called a Windows Phone 7

Darrian said,

What I don't understand is why it's still struggling to gain a foothold in the mobile world.

Carriers did absolute squat to promote WP7. Between the love affair with iPhone and the massive onslaught of Android devices, WP7 was getting trampled over. Approaching two full years and finally it's getting noticed and rightfully so. Still, it has a ways to go as most people who go into a store have 0 clue what they want. The rep will play a major part in the decision, usually. So it's up to people like Nokia to make amazing devices and MS to refine and polish the OS. All in good time.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Windows Phone would be better for Facebook in my opinion. Facebook even looks more like Metro than any other OS.

Except for the scroll bars on the site. Those look exactly like the iOS scroll bars to me.