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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Facebook Appears Set to Debut iPhone Competitor Built on Android on April 4




Facebook today invited members of the press to an Android-related event on April 4, and TechCrunch reports that the event will likely see the debut of the long-rumored Facebook phone. According to reports, the device would be an HTC handset running a Facebook-modified version of Android.

If true, the move would turn Facebook into an Amazon-style competitor in the smartphone market for Apple, as Amazon has heavily modified Android for its own Kindle Fire tablet devices.

There have been persistent rumors of Facebook working on a smartphone, with Bloomberg reporting in 2010 that the phone would be based on a "stripped-down" version of Android. Last year, the New York Times reported that Facebook was hiring former Apple iPhone and iPad engineers to work on a "Facebook phone."

TechCrunch highlights one of the key reasons why Facebook would want to create a smartphone device of its own:
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With deeper control of a modified operating system would come huge opportunities to collect data on its users. Facebook knows that who you SMS and call are important indicators of who your closest friends are. Its own version of Android could give it that info, which could be used to refine everything from what content you're shown in the news feed to which friends faces are used in ads you see.
Facebook currently has two of the more popular free apps in the App Store with Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Recently, the company has updated its main Facebook app to add free VoIP calling in a number of countries.

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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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Facebook as a phone brand? No. Their brand does not translate to smartphones at all.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Facebook can't even get their smartphone app right, why are they making a smartphone?

Next up... Angry Birds phone.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:24 PM   #4
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Too late

People are already becoming restless and wanting to leave. The only reason people are still on Facebook is because everyone else is a member. This would have sold a ton around 2008-2009.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:24 PM   #5
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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I wouldn't want a Facebook phone. Hell, I try to stay away from Facebook by all means possible.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:25 PM   #8
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(which means the phone should be yellow and black)
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:25 PM   #9
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Interesting! I bet the OS will be modified to capture everything. No thanks!
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:26 PM   #11
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A "stripped-down version of Android" in the same vain as Amazon's? No thanks.

Even worse, Facebook will be collecting a lot of data from its phone users, which is really concerning.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:27 PM   #12
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Facebook Phone buyers are just paying Facebook for their Facebook page, why would anyone be this stupid?
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:28 PM   #13
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A "stripped-down version of Android" in the same vain as Amazon's? No thanks.

Even worse, Facebook will be collecting a lot of data from its phone users, which is really concerning.
Really? Google has been doing it for a decade. They even scan your email to get information about you. If you're worried about anyone, worry about Google.
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Facebook can't even get their smartphone app right, why are they making a smartphone?

Next up... Angry Birds phone.
Introducing FacePalm...


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Facebook can't even get their smartphone app right, why are they making a smartphone?

Next up... Angry Birds phone.
I am quite looking forward to a Gameloft phone, which will finally run Gameloft HUGE games smoothly.
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And the fragmentation continues.
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Facebook Appears Set to Debut iPhone Competitor Built on Android on April 4
Took me about 10 tries before I understood what this title was trying to say. Am I dumb?
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:30 PM   #19
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So whatever photos you take on this phone are automatically uploaded to FB.... of course, with the privacy setting at your control :-P

Next: the Twitter phone, Google+ Phone, Flickr Phone, Flipboard phone

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At least it's designed by Americans. I'm all for people using Amazon or Facebook products over Korean and Taiwanese products from Samsung, LG, and HTC.
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At least it's American. I'm all for people using Amazon or Facebook products over Korean and Taiwanese products from Samsung, LG, and HTC.
It's being built by HTC.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 11:32 PM   #22
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I work at a high school. Last time I made a joke facebook reference he kids mocked me for bringing up facebook. If you did not know this, yes facebook is for old people now.

Given this insight, aside from people trying to look hip and young, without the young people interested I would not think a facebook phone would do well. Reminds me of that one phone that had that "1 button click to facebook" feature. It may have been a nokia, I forget, didn't do well at all.

However I do hope that it has some new and interesting features which will push apple to make a better iOS7. Thats my 2 cents.
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Everything about this is a no for me. Given we haven't seen it yet, but what I'm sure will be a heavily modified version of android (so no updates) and HTC hardware are both not for me. I'm positive if facebook rolls out a phone it won't be capable of anything that a nicer Android or an iPhone can't already do.
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Reminds me of that one phone that had that "1 button click to facebook" feature. It may have been a nokia, I forget, didn't do well at all.
Maybe this one? HTC Status



Interesting that HTC made that one as well as reportedly making this Facebook phone.
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