On Thursday morning, Facebook has a big announcement for us. They are saying that on Thursday they will announce their “new home on Android.” And the rumors have ranged from a simple new Android application for Facebook to an entire Facebook Phone that re-purposes the Android software in the same way that Amazon re-purposed with the Kindle Fire.
Over at TechCrunch, Josh Constine quotes “sources” as saying “it will be a modified version of the Andriod operating system with deep native Facebook functionality on the homescreen that may live on an HTC handset.”
The problem with the Facebook phone concept is that it will not fill a need in the current market. What will this phone offer that the current iPhone or the current Android phones do not? This market is already very saturated. A more integrated Facebook presence is hardly a reason to rush out and get a new phone.
I can certainly understand why Facebook would be interested in having users move to a phone that was either created by them or relied more heavily on the user’s Facebook data (contacts, calendar, photos). But what does the user get out of such a move?
If this is the announcement that Zucky (that’s what all of his friends call Zuckerberg) is planning on making, I’d be surprised if it gets any traction. Tell me I’m wrong…would you use it?
- What critics are expecting: Android phone with a Facebook homescreen – Firstpost (firstpost.com)
- Facebook To Launch ‘New Home On Android’ – Is This The Mythical Facebook Phone? (forbes.com)
- ‘Facebook phone’ buzz grows stronger (businesstoday.intoday.in)
- The idea of a Facebook Android version makes my head hurt (reviews.cnet.com)
- Here’s The First Glimpse At What Facebook’s Phone Looks Like (cultofmac.com)
- Facebook Phone Leak Points To Budget HTC Device, Homescreen App For All Androids (techcrunch.com)