Facebook is developing its own Mobile phone with ex-Apple Employees according to reports from The New York Times.
The New York Times reports claim that not only the Social Networking giant – Facebook is building its own Smartphone, but it is expecting to release some time around next Year!
Is Facebook walking in the footsteps of Google? Google, the multi-billion company after its acquisition of Motorola Mobility has entered the field of Consumer electronics. Facebook is also following the same route by working on its new Facebook Smartphone.
Nick Bilton of The New York Times reports today that some unnamed sources from Facebook have told him about the Facebook Smartphone and its planning to launch it by next year.
Bilton’s sources include Facebook employees and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, he says. Those briefed on the plans told Bilton that the company has already hired more than six
“former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad.”
It should be noted as well that in February 2011 at Mobile World Congress, HTC unveiled two new smartphones that feature dedicated Facebook buttons: the HTC ChaCha, which eventually became the HTC Status, and the HTC Salsa.
From Bilton’s report:
“Now, the company has been going deeper into the process, by expanding the group working on “Buffy,” and exploring other smartphone projects too, creating a team of seasoned hardware engineers who have built the devices before.
One engineer who formerly worked at Apple and worked on the iPhone said he met with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, who then peppered him with questions about the inner workings of smartphones. It did not sound like idle intellectual curiosity, the engineer said; Mr. Zuckerberg asked about intricate details, including the types of chips used, he said. Another former Apple hardware engineer was recruited by a Facebook executive and was told about the company’s hardware explorations.”
According to these reports rom Nick Bilton, Facebook would also have to concentrate on its Facebook Smartphone OS to compete with Apple and at Android-level. People would definitely love the Facebook smartphone if made with minimal complexity and better navigation.
Facebook may be concentrating on developing its own Smartphone, given that they are already facing slow revenue growth as it has become to monetize from Mobile users, with more increase in mobile accessing.
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