Facebook Phone????

Could Facebook really be concieving the idea of a ‘Facebook’ smart phone?? Quite possibly, though many people (including facebook themselves) have denied these rumors.

Via Mashable

Spokesperson Jaime Schopflin revealed the following in a statement to Mashable:

“The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate. Facebook is not building a phone. Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social. Current projects include include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers.  Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. For an example, check out Connect for iPhone and the integration we have with contact syncing through our iPhone app.  Another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called ‘Facebook Phone’). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a ‘Facebook Phone’ because that’s such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.”

However it has been noted by Cnet that Facebook might well be seeking greater and deeper integration of their ‘Facebook’ apps, but it has been confirmed that they are currently reaching out to potential manufacturers and carriers to build the phone and branding the device of themselves. Due to a leak at Silicon Valley, its been rumoured that the phone will carry Android as its OS.

So for now, this ‘project’ seems to be more in embryo form at the moment and therefore things are likely to change overtime depending on how Facebook wants to meet the many needs of its users.

Do you remember Google’s Nexus One?? This was a ‘Google’ branded smart phone that was only able to be purchased via stores online but due to Verizon refusing to offer the phone to its subscriber base, the idea of a ‘Google’ branded phone was laid to rest. So will it be a similar story with Facebook? Could this even work? Would buy one? Let us know what you think and we’ll keep you posted.

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