It looks like the failures of both the HTC ChaCha and the newly doomed HTC First weren’t enough to dissuade Facebook from making more Facebook-branded devices. If you don’t remember, the HTC First was discounted from $99.99 to $0.99 on contract soon after launch, and people assumed it was because the device wasn’t selling well. Then the entire launch for the UK was indefinitely put off. Finally, Facebook publicly stated that you can turn Facebook Home off on the HTC First.
Undeterred, Mark Zuckerberg visited South Korea and met with Samsung executives this Tuesday. According to industry watchers, they discussed the idea of a “Facebook-friendly” Samsung phone. I don’t know why, but that doesn’t sound like a great idea to me. This anonymous watcher said, “Facebook has every intention of becoming the second Google, and with that intent in mind, Zuckerberg is said to have asked Samsung to step up cooperation by launching a phone with a Facebook interface.” Luckily, it seems that Samsung is reluctant to actually create this device. “Samsung doesn’t want to help nurture a second Google, which is now becoming a formidable rival for Samsung in the handset business.”
Samsung thinks associating with the Facebook brand would provide them no benefit, and I’d have to agree. There is no reason for Samsung to make a Facebook phone; you can already install either Facebook Home or the standard Facebook app on a few high-end devices and be done with it. There’s no need for a dedicated Facebook phone, and as consumers have already dictated on multiple occasions, they will not buy it. What are your thoughts on the whole “Facebook phone” concept?