The rumors are there, and they’re substantial enough that a lot of notable folks are running with them. Facebook, a huge provider of content and a master at manipulating its audience into adopting its various services, is rumored to be developing either a Facebook-branded smart phone or a Facebook-branded smart phone mobile operating system designed to further link Facebook to your phone. Is Facebook actually developing its own Android-based smart phone, as is rumored? Facebook says no, but then again every company says no until they’ve got a product nearly ready for market, then they ‘leak’ the information.
“Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they are social,” said a Facebook spokesperson said. “So integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. The bottom line is that whenever we work on deep integration people want to call it a ‘Facebook phone’. But our real strategy is to make everything social and not build one phone or integration.”
Really, that’s the better option. You want to include as many users as possible, not exclude folks from your content. Besides, the smart phone market is a rough one right now; not even Microsoft could hop into the market with their failed Kin phone, and they’ve got the money to do anything they want.