Facebook to launch their own SmartPhone?

In a New York Times article yesterday, it suggested that Facebook had been hiring numerous SmartPhone engineers recently. The source(s) of this information has remained hidden, but in the article it was mentioned that Facebook employees are included in the source list.

Facebook has recently admitted that it’s struggling to make money with the growing number of mobile users. So much so that they recently released their own ‘appstore’, dubbed the App Center. It currently has Facebook enabled apps within the iOS AppStore and Google Play. Apparently developers will soon be able to write apps that will be added to the Facebook App Center.

According to the New York Times article, the engineers that have been hired have worked on the iPhone and other SmartPhones. So it looks like Zuckerberg & Co. are really taking this thing seriously. In a quote from a Facebook employee, they said that Mark Zuckerberg is “worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future… Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms”.

Personally I don’t use Facebook, I prefer Google+. I’ve seen my friends and family on the mobile app and this does seem to be the default way of accessing your Facebook account now, so maybe there is something in this. My personal opinion is that Facebook would have to plough some serious amounts of cash into this endeavour for it to even come close to competing with titans like iPhone and Android (look at Blackberry as an example). So I’m very dubious about this ‘project’.

What do you guys think? Would you buy a Facebook SmartPhone?

Facebook to launch their own SmartPhone?
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