May 27, 2012

More On a Facebook Smartphone

Nick Bilton, writing for The New York Times' Bits Blog:

"Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year. These people spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their employment or relationships with Facebook."

(via pandodaily.)

Mobile computing is where users are headed, but as I speculated yesterday Facebook lacks both a hardware platform and a rich software suite to serve mobile users. With a phone of their own there's no limit to how Facebook can tailor their software into a walled garden of their own.