Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against the notion of a Facebook phone. Rumours of the phone recently reappeared, and suggested the social network’s phone is due out next year, to be produced by HTC.
Zuckerberg says that a Facebook phone “really wouldn’t make much sense for us to do.” Instead, the focus is to be put on improving integration with mobile devices from other companies – because after all, every phone’s a Facebook phone these days, right?
He made these comments in the Facebook earnings call last night, where the company’s latest financial results were revealed. Although not disastrous, they caused the company’s share price to drop by more than 10 per cent. The disappointing results were caused by slowing ad revenues.
So, where do these Facebook phone rumours come from? It could simply be that HTC is planning to produce more aggressively Facebook-oriented Android phones. It has produced similar devices in the past, in the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha – two charming but largely-forgotten mobiles.
These phones were plain old Android smartphones for the most part, but featured a dedicated Facebook button to give quick-fast access to the social network app.
via Tech Radar