Yesterday, a leaked news erupted coming from Techcrunch that Facebook is planning to have a new ‘phone’. Certainly, you’re very surprised – And you can count us in. Thinking that, it would be exciting yet very unwise to follow the steps of Google when it released the Nexus Phone. While some are still wondering if this was a super-late april fools day post from Techcrunch, it appears that their co-founder Michael Arrington is quite sure and confident with this post. With a caveat that it may just be an amazing Facebook application to integrate with mobile phones.
So what’s the real score? It was not true stated by Facebook. Here’s an excerpt coming from their spokesperson Jaime Schopflin.
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.”
So there you go! Coming from the horse’s mouth. But unlike those unicorn-devices that made us shed a tear, whenever we heard that it will just be a dream — I am glad that a real Facebook phone didn’t push through. We all know the horrors of a social-networking phone. Remember, the kin turtle phone from Microsoft?
Anyway, If anyone wants to create a social-networking phone in the future. Or just in case Facebook liked the idea and try to be an avant-garde then I think they should realize these qualifications first to make it really usable for the consumers.
1) Make the price really affordable. Or offer a buy-one take one deal. No one would buy this if its price is at par with the leading smartphones we have.
2) This may sound as a monopoly technique, but Facebook can offer first a really addictive application on Facebook and when millions of users are attached to it. They will exclusively offer it to their new phone plus some bonus features which isn’t available to any Android/iPhone. (E.g. Farmville, Café-World – offered on their new phone where you can play it as easy as you are doing it on your desktop. Plus you can level up more. etc)
3) Won’t be tied with any carrier issues. The last thing that you would want is to offer this phone on (USA, UK, Canada) only. This is a social-networking phone and there are 500 million plus users om Facebook. Share the love to the world.
Okay, so that’s how the story goes. Maybe some of you aren’t happy and was really dreaming for a ‘facebook phone’. But believe me, there’s already a superphone which can do more than that.
(credits: Venturebeat, Mashable)
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