Just when you think rumors of a Facebook phone were squashed once and for all with the social network’s release of its Home Android overlay and Home’s HTC First flagship phone last year, Patent Bolt made an interesting discovery.
Just when you thought the Facebook phone rumors were finally put to bed with the release of the social network’s Home Android overlay and its flagship device, the HTC First, The Wall Street Journal reported that executives from scuffling handset maker BlackBerry met with Facebook executives last week to gauge their interest in bidding in the company, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Years of speculation about a Facebook phone may or may not have been quelled with the debut of the HTC First in April, but what about a Facebook camera? Canon is currently accepting pre-orders exclusively on its online store for the Facebook-ready PowerShotN, which is set for a September release.
When Facebook introduced Home, a fully integrated mobile platform for Android, it also announced that select phones will have this technology starting April 12. The HTC One, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S IV, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and HTC First will be the flagship devices for Facebook Home. Do you plan on getting one?
Facebook Thursday unveiled the closest thing to a Facebook phone, with Home. Select Android devices will have access to Home starting April 12, and it will later become available to more users. This news was met with curiosity, excitement, and a little bit of fear, knowing that Facebook would go from being a part of the phone to being a part of the entire mobile experience.
It’s not exactly a Facebook phone. It’s not exactly a Facebook application. It’s Home, and it will be on select Android devices starting April 12. The company announced Thursday that the HTC First, as previously rumored, will be the flagship for deep Facebook integration, and other phones will have these capabilities soon. From these devices, Facebook will make a highly visual Cover Feed the focus, bringing users closer to photos, status updates, check-ins — and, someday, ads.
Facebook finally announced what it has long denied: A Facebook phone. Soon, Android phones will have what the company calls Home, which involves deep Facebook integration. It’s not an application, not a phone, but more like a platform for Android. Users can become connected to friends’ stories and photos immediately.
It’s no secret that Facebook in recent years has become a data company. The more data Facebook has about its users — such as gender, education, likes, and location — the better it can serve targeted ads. But Facebook has to strike a cautious balance with regard to targeting. Whereas many users see ads that are wholly irrelevant, many others feel that Facebook can be too invasive when it comes to advertising.
The worst-kept secret in the tech world this week has been the so-called “Facebook phone” that the social network is allegedly building on Android. According to The Verge, the Facebook-heavy smartphone will be called the HTC First, and it has a body style similar to an iPhone.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has constantly laughed off the thought of a Facebook phone, but it appears that the company will announce Thursday the closest thing to such a product. Sources have leaked information to tech news sites, saying that a future Android phone will have a Facebook home screen and built-in Facebook integration. But would you buy it?