Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Why on Earth would Facebook launch a phone with Microsoft jumping in the fray and HP attempting to resurrect Palm in order to take on Apple and Android.
Apparently Micahel Arrington from TechCrunch fame received a tip from a credible source saying that Facebook is about to launch its own mobile phone.
Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, theyâ€™re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. […]
Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system.
Two high level Facebook employees â€“Â Joe Hewitt andÂ Matthew Papakipos â€“ are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. (via TechCrunch)
Some people are already claiming that this rumor is a farce, with public denials from Jaime Schopflin (Facebook’s spokesperson).
Despite the the apparent absurdity of a Facebook phone (at least to those within the geekosphere), a Facebook phone could potentially threaten both Apple and Google’s reign in the smart phone world (key word is “potentially”). [Read more…]
Originally posted on September 20, 2010 @ 1:24 pm