Is Facebook Secretly Building a Phone?

Is Facebook Secretly Building a Phone?

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Facebook may be secretly working on a phone to counter any long term threats from Android or iOS to its social network, according to a TechCrunch report.

Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system. Two high level Facebook employees – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. Both have deep operating system experience.

Hewitt is known for creating the native and web based iPhone apps for Facebook; however, he also helped create Firefox and was on Parakey, a web-based operating system, before Facebook acquired the company.

Papakipos led the Google Chrome OS project until June but then quit and moved to Facebook. TechCrunch suggests that he would not have left the project before its completion unless something really interesting lured him away. Something like a Facebook Phone, for example.

Arrington theorizes that the phone will be very affordable (less than $50), lower end, and fully integrated into your Facebook world.

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Is Facebook Secretly Building a Phone?

pixxxel - September 20, 2010 at 12:54am
Now, its not secret. LOL
facefone - September 19, 2010 at 3:22pm
GREAT.... next were gonna have a myspace phone..... and a twitter phone..... and a myyearbook phone and a phone from everyone else....
Randy Sheep - September 19, 2010 at 4:11pm
I wounder if we will have a porn phone yummy
Joe Cole - September 20, 2010 at 12:54am
Add to the growing list: Tumblr, Posterous and all other indie networking sites!