Some people are already saying that a Facebook phone doesn’t make any sense, but the rumors just keep on coming. This morning it was reported that HTC might produce a pair of Facebook phones and now BGR received a tip from someone who says they were part of a focus group for an upcoming device that sounds very similar.
The tipster says the device was not specifially referred to as a “Facebook phone,” yet they were asked many questions related to social networking including “How many photos do you upload to Facebook a day” and more.
Other possible features reported by BGR include:
- Location aware coupons: you pick main categories of interest. When you’re near any stores that fall into those categories, coupons are automatically pushed to your phone. Basically, it sounds like “Facebook Deals on steroids,” as our tipster elegantly phrased it.
- An always-on GPS service much like Google Latitude that would run in the background. The service would provide automatic “check-ins” and might share your location with friends.
- No local storage (or very little). Everything is cloud-based, including contacts, media, data, etc.
- Obviously the phone will include a camera, but everything will be uploaded automatically and stored in the cloud.
- A news ticker-style message notification system: all messages funnel into one mass inbox, sortable by type, but initially unfiltered. There will also be a ticker of some kind that reads off message content as it’s delivered, regardless of message type.
Most of these features could probably appear on any Android device, but I keep asking myself – Why not a Facebook phone? You know your mom and little sister would just eat this thing up and Facebook could mine priceless data by taking control of the entire operating system.
If there really is an official Facebook branded phone in the works, we should find out in a couple of weeks. The original rumor stated that the devices would launch at Mobile World Congress and we will be in Barcelona to report on what happens.
Do you know anyone that would surely buy an official “Facebook phone”?