Details are slim at this point, but we did get a look at what could be coming with the rumored HTC "Facebook phone" yesterday. While staying socially-connected — presumably through Facebook Places, the company's new messaging system, auto photo uploads, and coupon alerts — seems to be the main goal of this device, I'm not sure a Facebook-branded feature phone would be a success. Remember the Kin? Of course, Microsoft isn't the social giant that Facebook is, but I'm not sure how this device would compete in the already-saturated mobile space. What about you — would you buy a Facebook phone?
Apparently, Sony PlayStation isn't the only brand getting a phone. According to reports, Facebook will be launching two branded devices next month. While I doubt that the phone itself will resemble the social network on the outside, if anyone is going to succeed at pulling off a socially-connected device, it would be Facebook. Manufactured by HTC, the Facebook phone is said to be coming with the following features:
I can definitely see Facebook's features being integrated into a smartphone, especially with its new messaging system and Facebook Places. But we've already seen one socially-focused device bite the dust — will this one survive?
Google may not have hit a sweet spot with its Nexus One, but its history doesn't seem to be deterring others from trying something similar. According to a source "who has knowledge of the product," Facebook is building a mobile phone OS and working with a third party manufacturer to produce the device.
According to the source, Facebook's software would be deeply integrated with the phone's contact list — something an app running on the iOS or Android platform cannot do. And the project is apparently so secret, it is unknown to most Facebook employees. Find out more (and share your opinion) about the rumor after the break.