Zuckerberg: More Facebook phones coming - world domination next?

With Mobile World Congress currently going on over in Barcelona, all the big news this week is about mobile devices, be it phones or tablets.

Today saw HTC take the stage to show off their new wares, with their new Facebook phones taking center stage. With both the ChaCha and Salsa (yes, that's what they're really called) sporting a new Facebook button, it's clear the social network is taking this mobile thing seriously. So seriously in fact that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg decided to drop in via video (courtesy of ElectricPig.co.uk) to explain the state-of-play.

According to 'the Zuck', the current offerings from HTC and INQ won't be the only handsets to receive the Facebook treatment. In his somewhat wooden performance, Zuckerberg goes on to say that 'dozens' of handsets are currently in the works and that we can expect 'much deeper social integration' as the year rolls on. 

With each passing day, it's becoming clear that Facebook is starting to become the de-facto standard for many people's online communication, and indeed their lives. Could a Facebook button, or perhaps integration directly into the operating system's features be enough to sway potential buyers toward a handset? Time will tell, but with current Facebook figures topping 600 million users and climbing, if the social networking behemoth can get this right, there's a real possibility they could become the next Microsoft.

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I hate this facebook crap with a passion, Even the damn games I buy have a facebook crap, I just wish it would go away...

I don't want to sound like a fanboy, but the current Facebook integration in Windows Phone 7 (I have an LG Optimus 7) is great to say the least. You can change your status, see your friends feeds, comment on them, upload pictures, see the ones your contacts just uploaded. All this from the me, contacts and pictures hub, without needing to use the Facebook app at all.

I don't think having a dedicated Facebook button will change anything, it is more important to have tight integration with the operating system and its features in the phone of your choice.

ajua said,
I don't want to sound like a fanboy, but the current Facebook integration in Windows Phone 7 (I have an LG Optimus 7) is great to say the least. You can change your status, see your friends feeds, comment on them, upload pictures, see the ones your contacts just uploaded. All this from the me, contacts and pictures hub, without needing to use the Facebook app at all.

I don't think having a dedicated Facebook button will change anything, it is more important to have tight integration with the operating system and its features in the phone of your choice.

OPTIONAL integration with the opearating system, OPTIONAL!!!!

would never get a phone that has a facebook button
are people so lazy they cant open a menu and click on something?

:B: Rex said,
would never get a phone that has a facebook button
are people so lazy they cant open a menu and click on something?

It's not really about the facebook button, it just shows that phone manufacturers are taking the integration part seriously. Yea the button might be a lame idea but where it's leading is actually interesting.

@XeonBuilder, I don't see what your going on about privacy? Do you not know how to set things up?

If facebook 'keeps your guys working' there obviously quite bad at their job. I guess they don't know how to blacklist pages, which is a 5 minute job.

I'd love you to be my boss

Going more to the point, I think this will be a great idea and like azyr said they have the potential and they will get it done!


The interesting thing about the internet is another site could come along and release a better product than the current facebook....look at myspace, look at blackberry & apple, so many dominant products eventually get sidelined by the next big thing that takes off...this happens when the company at the top looses their innovativeness...when your on the top you can't afford to slip up.

.Kompressor said,

The interesting thing about the internet is another site could come along and release a better product than the current facebook....look at myspace, look at blackberry & apple, so many dominant products eventually get sidelined by the next big thing that takes off...this happens when the company at the top looses their innovativeness...when your on the top you can't afford to slip up.

What you said is true, however myspace never reached facebook's level. Even if there was another social network to replace facebook it wouldn't be now, it'd be a few years away. It wouldn't hurt the mobile companies to integrate facebook, since it IS the big thing right now, into their handsets. If something else replaces it in the future, then they can just replace them or add both of them.

I personally see myself staying on facebook for a while, and I sure do hope everyone else feels the same. I don't want to go through the nightmare that was switching from myspace to facebook. With half of my friends not switching, then me having to stay on both networks for a while.

While I understand many peoples concern over facebook, personally, I think we will be better off with a centered communications device, that will let us communicate in different ways (other than the simple phone tasks like SMS and voice call).
It seems facebook has the potential to do this, so I'm all for it.

Euphoria said,
Feed the sheep

Hate Facebook with passion, if someone put a bomb in their headquater, it will be the best thing ever.

Unix2 said,

Hate Facebook with passion, if someone put a bomb in their headquater, it will be the best thing ever.

Well I wouldn't take it that far, but yes.... I can't stand facebook either.
Everybody is turning into social networking zombies. I bet you zuckerberg really is headed for world domination.

superconductive said,

Well I wouldn't take it that far, but yes.... I can't stand facebook either.
Everybody is turning into social networking zombies. I bet you zuckerberg really is headed for world domination.

Cannot agree more! It is unbelevable how all those people are voluntarily giving all their lives details to the Big Brother....... Ten years from now and millions of young people will regret it.... and George Orwell will still be laughing in his grave.

superconductive said,

Well I wouldn't take it that far, but yes.... I can't stand facebook either.
Everybody is turning into social networking zombies. I bet you zuckerberg really is headed for world domination.

Cannot agree more! It is unbelevable how all those people are voluntarily giving all their lives details to the Big Brother....... Ten years from now and millions of young people will regret it.... and George Orwell will still be laughing in his grave.