Jan 26 AT 4:50 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Facebook phone rumors keep on coming

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”?

Source: BGR

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  • http://Website @neidlinger

    Man i cannot WAIT for the next Justin Bieber concert so i can see one of the phones in person.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hey that’s my point exactly. You know the Bieber crowd would stand in line to pick up one of these phones.

  • http://www.nightshadelabs.com David Shellabarger

    First, the survey doesn’t even sound like it is about a “Facebook Phone”. Its sounds like they are talking about their Android and iPhone apps.

    Second, building an OS and maintaining it doesn’t make any sense for FB. They won’t be able to “mine priceless data” anymore than they do now. Everyone already has all of their info in FB.

    FB has said they they are going to focus on mobile this year, but a dedicated OS just doesn’t make any sense. They have a hard enough time keeping their iPhone and Android apps updated with the latest Facebook features.

    Facebook wants to add social on top of the operating system, not *be* the operating system.

    What’s more is Zuckerberg has said they they are not going to do a “Facebook Phone”

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    this phone seems pointless to me. i would have to see it in action. because i really can’t imagine what it will do that a phone with a fb app can’t do. facebook must be losing it’s mojo and their looking for some excitement.

  • http://Website Mark

    Facebook Phone — Finally, your info can be stolen on the go. Wherever you are…whenever you want. Get yours NOW!

    **Only $199 with contract. Does not include taxes and the cost of your soul/personal life.**

    • http://Website Maximus


      U couldnt have said it Better!

      Now they can take your INFO from the Clouds lmaoooo


  • http://webnote.com.ua Webnote

    So and what if I have NO internet? Where is my contacts? Totally clouding is bad idea.

  • http://Website Jack

    None for me, please.

  • http://Website Damien Harrison

    From what I am hearing this is going to be a HTC phone which may have been spotted in the wild as reported at (photos available as well)


  • http://Website Noah

    Wait a minute, didn’t MS already release this thing? It was called a Kin! And it bombed, because anyone who would buy this won’t want to buy the $30 data plan it will require, or they already own an Android/WP7/iPhone device.

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    Personally, I wouldn’t buy a Facebook phone but I would be interested to see how it would work because as far as I’m concerned, Facebook sucks on all mobile platforms. Yes….. iOS included.

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