Nov 02 AT 6:11 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Will Erick Tseng announce the Facebook phone tomorrow?

Facebook is holding a special mobile event at their HQ tomorrow and while none of us know exactly what will be announced, some have speculated it might be the elusive Facebook Android phone. Facebook was quick to discredit the rumors that they were working on a phone, but this wouldn’t be the first time we saw a denial followed by a major product launch.

If Facebook is working on an Android phone, they already got the right man for the job. This July Facebook hired Erick Tseng as their Head of Mobile Products division. Prior to Facebook, Mr. Tseng worked for Google as Senior Product Manager of Android and was one of the key people behind the Nexus One launch.

After talking with Erick at CES back in January it seemed like he was pretty happy at Google, but then all the carriers backed out of their commitments to launch the Nexus One and Google closed their online phone store. I won’t pretend to know what Erick is working on, but a Facebook phone sounds right up his alley.

What do you think Facebook will announce tomorrow? Will they finally update their aging Android client to support new features like places? Will they unveil new Groupon-like promotions for checking into locations? Or will it be the Facebook phone?

Via: TechCrunch

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  • http://Website Nate

    I believe you mean “Senior Product manager”

  • http://Website mksa

    id prefer a less sucky app than a (most likely)sucky phone

    • velazcod

      I couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Lemon

    Please work on upgrading your “Official” Android app to a halfway acceptable native experience… and THEN maybe release a whole phone…

  • http://Website samisgr8

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they announced an across the board update to all of their mobile apps, on all platforms…hopefully bringing all of the mobile apps up to the same level instead of the massive differences that they now have.

  • http://Website Gee

    I seriously doubt that they are unveiling a phone. Probably revamped mobile apps and a newer mobile website.

  • http://Website shhon75

    Yes I believe so. If you look at the invitation you clearly see a cup or can attached to wire. Old fashion toy phone.

  • http://Website Jimmy

    I bet they unveil a way to play all the facebook games from your phone or introduce that every game is going mobile as well.

  • http://Website roy

    I’m betting on an improved mobile experience and deeper integration. If they push that integration beyond a certain point, then they might as well release it with a certain phone that has it first, but I doubt that they will be creating a new OS… that just would’nt reach enough people.

    Also, another Android engineer went to LinkedIn recently so I am eager to see when we will get an official LinkedIn app…

  • nickd02

    are you guys going to be at this event?