Zuckerberg shoots down Facebook phone rumors

There have been a ton of rumors that Facebook is aiming to be more like Apple and launch its own smartphone. The rumor mill has been grinding for months that the company has been working on such a project. Earlier this week, the rumors that Facebook was working on such a phone with HTC resurfaced once again.

However, it looks like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have put a halt to all these phone stories. ABCNews.com reports that during Facebook's first financial conference call with analysts today, Zuckerberg stated, "There are a lot of things you can build in other operating systems as well that aren’t really taking, that aren’t really like building out a whole phone, which wouldn’t make much sense for us to do."

Zuckerberg's answer does leave some room for a partnership with another company to make a smartphone with some Facebook features. Indeed, HTC did try to launch an Android-based smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button in 2011. The phone, which was called the HTC Stratus in the US, was a sales failure for its wireless carrier AT&T and is no longer available from that company.

It's more likely that Facebook simply doesn't see the need for getting into the hardware business, at least not at the moment.

Source: ABCNews.com

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Ahhh f#@k it, garbage can slam dunk it is!

They can't get the iPhone or Android App right at all, and people expect them to come up with a phone? Lol, nooooo

I've been baffle by the logic of making a phone ever since the rumor started, it just does not make sense! It's like MS when it had internet explorer on 90 percent of PC's and then would have decided to make their own PC so they can have IE on it... it just doesn't make sense. Now the problem with IE back then(which last iteration was 6) is that MS became Lazy with improving the browser, something I don't see facebook doing.

nickcruz said,
I've been baffle by the logic of making a phone ever since the rumor started, it just does not make sense! It's like MS when it had internet explorer on 90 percent of PC's and then would have decided to make their own PC so they can have IE on it... it just doesn't make sense. Now the problem with IE back then(which last iteration was 6) is that MS became Lazy with improving the browser, something I don't see facebook doing.

In my opinion, it does make sense. I'd like all of my communication to be done via Facebook (apart from face-to-face occurrences), both personal and business. Facebook already make that possible on the desktop with text-based messages and video calling, so it would be great if they nicely replicate and expand on those services for the mobile. Further, I would love to be able to access all Facebook features on the go, using a phone that has them all implemented very well. That isn't currently possible. A Facebook phone sounds like a great idea to me, but as I enjoy consistency, I'd probably prefer Facebook to release desktop and tablet operating systems (or one that works well on both formfactors, like Windows 8 does), before I get a Facebook phone, and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Edited by Calum, Jul 27 2012, 9:55am :

rfirth said,
Windows Phone is already a Facebook phone...

I disagree, as much as I'd rather not have to. It lacks way too many features to be considered a Facebook phone, in my opinion.

-- There is no ability to tag people or a location in a post made from the Me hub; further, posts created here cannot be targeted to different audiences.

-- One is not even able to tag friends in a check-in, without using the official Facebook app.

-- Full support for sending and receiving offline messages is not available in the Messaging hub.

-- Sharing of others' posts is not possible from within the operating system or from within the Facebook app, without resorting to copying and pasting the text from that post; in contrast, one is able to retweet another's tweet, from within the operating system.

-- Timeline isn't supported on Windows Phone; similarly, favourites, life events, and some other profile information is not shown on contacts' cards in the People hub.

-- Subscribing to people isn't even supported in the official app, let alone in the operating system.

-- One is not able to like comments within the operating system; further one isn't even able to see who has liked a post (only the number of likes is displayed), within the operating system.

-- Pages are not shown in the People hub, which is inconsistent to the fact one can have brands they've followed on Twitter shown in the People hub.

-- Groups are not supported in the operating system.

-- There is no support for Facebook Questions within either the operating system or the official app.

I could go on, as more is missing, but these are merely the first features that came to mind.

Windows Phone is okay, when it comes to Facebook integration, but it has a long way to go before it could reasonably be considered a Facebook phone, in my opinion.

Edited by Calum, Jul 27 2012, 9:40am :