Sunday, September 19, 2010

Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone [TechCrunch]

Some interesting speculation (via Louis Gray on Buzz).  Of course, since the Google Nexus One was a dismal failure (as anything other than a reference platform for Android developers), perhaps Facebook is simply working on ways to compel Android and iOS users to invest their time and attention in Facebook mobile apps/services, rather than seeking to directly offer a Facebook device.  An outlier scenario: if Facebook wants to disrupt business-as-usual in mobile Internet devices, and to play a primary user experience role (e.g., using Facebook’s directory for initiating communication sessions), it could create an engaging mobile user experience, partner for wireless service (e.g., as Amazon has done with the Kindle), and give away the devices, all based on an advertising-support business model, and/or a nominal monthly service fee.  In any case, check the link below for more details on the Facebook team leaders in this domain.

It was a little less than a year ago that we broke the news that Google was working on a phone of its own – which was eventually revealed as the Nexus One. It was about that time, says out source, that Facebook first became concerned about the increasing power of the iPhone and Android platforms. And that awesome Facebook apps for those phones may not be enough to counter a long term competitive threat.

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.

Facebook Is Secretly Building A Phone

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