Facebook smartphone to be 'released next year'

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Social networking giant Facebook is to launch its own smartphone by next year, reports have suggested.

The New York Times cited unnamed sources, including Facebook employees, suggesting that the network had been hiring several smartphone engineers.

Facebook recently admitted it was struggling to make money out of its growing mobile audience.

The company, which recently floated on the stock market, has also just launched its own mobile app store.

The App Center currently offers links to Facebook-enabled apps within Apple's iOS and Google Android stores but developers will soon be able to write apps to be placed exclusively in Facebook's store.

According to the New York Times, Facebook has hired experts who worked on the iPhone and other smartphones.

It quoted a Facebook employee as saying the site's founder Mark Zuckerberg was "worried that if he doesn't create a mobile phone in the near future... Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms".

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A Facebook smartphone has reportedly been in the works for some time.

In 2010, Techcrunch reported that Facebook was "secretly" building a smartphone - although this particular project is said to have broken down.

The company's desire to enter the smartphone market could be a result of increasing pressure to improve the potential of mobile to make money.

In a statement for potential investors ahead of its initial public offering earlier this month, the company admitted it had concerns about more users accessing Facebook through their mobile - a trend which could make it more difficult to sell advertising.

When asked by the BBC, a spokeswoman for Facebook said the company did not comment on speculation, and referred instead to a written statement.

"Our mobile strategy is simple: we think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social," the statement read.

"We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world."


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    Comment number 103.

    What will all the geeks do when Facebook make their app exclusively for their own phone? Will they continue to buy the latest iPhone every 6 months AND the latest Facebook phone?

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    Comment number 102.

    I still use Facebook on my computer to stay in touch with a handful of contacts that I otherwise wouldn't speak to, and i use it to stay within reach of everyone else. However, most of the friends on my list now only use Facebook from their mobile only, so I can see Mark's concern. Everything is shifting to portable these days, Windows 8 will accelerate that process even more.

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    Comment number 101.

    Hi - what are you doing?
    Nothin` - what are you doin`?
    Nothin` - what are you doin` later?
    Nothin`- how about you?
    Nothin` - think I`ll make a coffee.
    Cool man - I might have some toast.
    Yeah man - cool.

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    Comment number 100.

    I am not interested if someone I barely know has just bought a loaf or something as earth shatteringly important. I have no need for this mindless way of communicating as I don't have any friends!

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    Comment number 99.

    Louise W is surely right. As a business owner I'm repeatedly being told I have to have a Facebook presence. Why, when it's full of drivel? I really don't care what "John Smith thinks". What's more I really don't believe anyone is going to choose a professional advisor (Town Planning is my thing) on the basis of infantile Facebook.

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    Comment number 97.

    Facebook is pretty dangerous. Forget the adverts, that's to be expected but Zuckerberg has repeatedly made it clear that privacy is not a concern of Facebook. Android users look at the permissions the facebook app wants you to grant - excessive don't you think for what is a basic app.
    Why anyone would want to buy a Facebook phone is beyond me when they care so little about your privacy.

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    Comment number 96.

    I do wish this Facebook would hurry up and disappear. It's the most disgusting form of Internet, developed by the rich for the low life forms that know no better!

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    Comment number 95.


    What do you call Facebook in the plural?

    Give up?

    Faecesbook. LOL.

    and that's where it is all going to end. Down the pan!

    The Facebook bubble is about to burst.

    I suppose the code name for the FB phone is 'Scotch Mist'. They haven't only missed the boat, they are standing on the dock whilst the boat goes over the horizon.

    There will be no FB phone.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 93.

    FB is for chavs and will be replaced just like myspace. A chav mobile phone, don't expect the be paid.

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    Comment number 92.

    You have a missed call from Mum.
    5 people like this.
    Dave needs more Chickens for their farm on Farmville.
    Signal Strength 0%: Emergency Calls Only

    I can’t wait.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 90.

    Facebook has already publicly stated their desire to make far more money from mobile devices - Why anyone in their right mind would buy this phone is beyond me. An app on a standard phone is far better than an advert-machine.

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    Comment number 89.

    @ 84.

    I lost contact with childhood/school friends for a good reason - anyone I wanted to keep in touch with I did - and I dont keep contact with them through a website that own every detail of anything you ever post on it forever.

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    Comment number 88.

    People seem to think that facebook is a mindless popularity cult used by angst-filled teens to gain some security in their little world. For some, perhaps. But it's no different to other entertainment types, like TV for instance.

    I made the point to my dad recently that he's now lost contact with all but 9 or 10 of his university friends. Facebook is a way of keeping in touch with people.

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    Comment number 87.

    LLMAO will it be worth substantially less once you have bought it

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    Comment number 85.

    This could be a nightmare unless they get the security right, furthermore unless they have a policy that automatically shuts down roaming including data related to AD's this could use all OUR data allowance in which case OUR bills could be horrendous. This could however be a great idea indeed, only if when you get a FB phone it will be completely ad free as you are a walking talking AD for FB.

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    Comment number 84.

    and for the social media nayseers......years ago i would have lost contact with ALL my childhood friends. Most stayed in my home town up north, a few emigrated to HK, Canada and US. Some moved to London several years before i did.
    I would struggle to organise the re-union of mates from my years in brum.
    In the modern world social media is needed, fb or another form. Accept it!


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