[Rumours] Is Facebook releasing a new phone and is it going affect the BB10 Lauch?
So Facebook has released a mysterious message inviting the media to "come see what we're building."
Facebook Issues Mystery Press Invitation - Digits - WSJ
Are they building new facebook apps? Or could this be the new Facebook phone that many have speculated on?
With BB10 being announced in 3 weeks, if Facebook indeed releases a phone, sounds like they're trying to steal a bit of thunder. CES has thus far shown off nothing in particularly new. Some new Android phones, but these days, unless you're Samsung, your phone is just another Android by some other manufacturer.Rumours also say that if Facebook were to release a new phone, it would be a variant of Android. Given how much time Blackberry has put into redesigning an OS in the past 2 years, it's not likely a completely new OS is being released by Facebook.
Personally I think that it's not likely that Facebook will release a new phone since they'll likely have shown it off at CES this week instead and would have gotten much more exposure.
Secondly, if they do release a new phone, and it is indeed another variant of Android, they'll be lukewarm reception at best. After all, people don't really see anything special.
So, I"m curious as to whats so special with this mysterious invite is for. Hopefully it's not a new profile layout change, we all know how much users "LOVE" that.
- 01-08-2013, 08:39 PM #4
This would have leaked by now. I don't see it happening. I agree that its just not that anticapated in the market and would be a flop. Oh boy oh boy I'm now a facebook fanboy! Not! <Sarcasm>
I feel that FB is in a tight spot right now. The whole IPO failure, privicy issues that they never get over, peaking market penetration and a lack of revenue will make them hungry for new revenue streams but if they do something like biring out a phone that no one wants, that just highlights the other issues and it starts to get ugly!
- 01-09-2013, 10:10 AM #7
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01-09-2013, 11:16 AM #10
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- 01-09-2013, 11:25 AM #11
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- 01-10-2013, 07:26 PM #15Where's the back button?
- 01-10-2013, 10:23 PM #17
Well, it's confirmed. Facebook has scrapped plans to manufacture a phone. Apparently there were some obstacles the concept phone couldn't overcome.
1. The user couldn't turn it off, ever.
2. When tucked away in the user's pocket the poke feature made the user very uncomfortable.
3. The contacts list grew by a factor of 10 every 24 hours.
Where's the back button?
- CrackBerry Genius
01-10-2013, 11:19 PM #21
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they talked abt this a yr. or 2 ago & wasn't well recieved,,, the death of myspace was when they got saturated w/ corporate pages & advertising,,, guess where facelook's @ now??? am i really going to "like" my insurance providers', etc. page??? C'MOOOWN MAAAN!!!"THE GUY YOUR MOTHER WARNED YOU ABOUT !!!"
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-10-2013, 11:31 PM #22
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FB is now a public company, and since their existing business model is not making them enough money, they will explore all avenues to increase revenue to please their shareholders. That said, a hardware FB phone is not a good revenue model, for them it would have to be more something that is "viral" and social media or advertising oriented, with ultra-high margins.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-11-2013, 01:07 AM #23
- 398 Posts
When I first saw this, my initial thought was they were going to do something with instagram. They bought them out if you remember and really haven't done anything with it. I think they are just releasing a new app/service implementing the two together.
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