Published: May 28, 2012
Facebook Smartphone?, The social network, which faces the perils of being a publicly listed company after its initial public offering (IPO), seems keen to show it has a sure-footed business model and its unhappiness with simply having its Facebook app on other companies’ smart phones.
So it has gone out and hired more than half a dozen former Apple engineers who worked on Apple mobile devices, according to The New York Times.
The Times reports that people briefed on Facebook’s plans say it plans to release its smartphone by next year.
It seems more than coincidence that Facebook is talking about manufacturing a phone just days after rival Google announced it had finalised its deal to buy smartphone maker Motorola Mobility.
Many commentators believe the Google acquisition is primarily about Google gaining a stack of patents, but should Google produce smart phones of its own, it’s likely Google+ will be a big part of it.
Of course, it is not the first time Facebook has attempted to build a smartphone. (The Australian)
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