Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


1168 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 69


Topic # 113386 15-Jan-2013 15:53
Send private message

Hi All, 

Can somebody please explain the why anybody might build, or for that matter buy, a Facebook Phone? 

Yeah, I know these rumours have been around for years. 

It will no doubt be build by a real hardware maker such as HTC, Samsung etc making it a really a Facebook branded phone. This would be similar to the Nexus phones by Google, which are all good, except that Google is reasonably a synonym for Android. 

Anybody see what advantages a Facebook phone would have over a Facebook app on a phone made by ... anybody else?

[Moderator edit (MF): moved to correct forum]





Didn't anybody tell you I was a hacker?

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
3343 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1089

Trusted
Vocus

  Reply # 745185 15-Jan-2013 16:09
Send private message

Most likely it'll be an Android phone with some kind of UI "enhancement" that makes Facebook a default for things (photos auto uploaded, easy to post updates, etc etc).

I'm going to call it already - it will be crap, and therefore an utter flop.

14292 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1849


  Reply # 745191 15-Jan-2013 16:20
Send private message

I am not a fan of facebook, so I hope there isn't such a thing. I see facebook usage in the UK has dropped 2%, so it may have reached a plateau

270 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 37

Trusted

  Reply # 745203 15-Jan-2013 16:31
Send private message

If the device is a Facebook device, would that in turn mean that all information stored on, or passed through the device would be made available to Facebook?




Michael Skyrme - Instrumentation & Controls

4446 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 840

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 745213 15-Jan-2013 16:56
Send private message

^ One can only speculate until the product is launched...

Facebook on its own is huge. Look at every smartphone out there. Each platform has Facebook app. It is a no brainer for Facebook to enter the phone market.







1168 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 69


  Reply # 745216 15-Jan-2013 17:02
Send private message

nakedmolerat:  Each platform has Facebook app.


I think that is the point, if every phone has a Facebook app, why have a 'Facebook phone'? 

Yeah, but the most used app on my phone is IMBD. I use it all the time but I don't want an IMBD phone. 

Every phone has Facebook, I think the question is how could the hardware make Facebook better? 

Beats me. 




Didn't anybody tell you I was a hacker?

14292 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1849


  Reply # 745220 15-Jan-2013 17:13
Send private message

crackrdbycracku: 

Every phone has Facebook, I think the question is how could the hardware make Facebook better? 

.


I refuse to install facebook on my phone, twitter only. If they subsidise the phone, then that is a different story. But then again google probably isn't much better, as they have ads thoughout the apps such as maps.

Facebooks terms aren't good either. Their instagram ones supposedly meant that they could potentially reuse your own images in their adverts or make them available to third parties, even though you actually own the photos. Not sure of the actual facebook ones, but I think they are pretty open ended and vague, as to what they can do with the stuff you post.

2278 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 370

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 745221 15-Jan-2013 17:19
Send private message

This will probably be as successful as their IPO

14292 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1849


  Reply # 745223 15-Jan-2013 17:24
Send private message

insane: This will probably be as successful as their IPO


There share price has risen quite a bit recently though. Not to the launch price yet, but still quite high compared to the lows.

893 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 32


  Reply # 745232 15-Jan-2013 17:31
Send private message

The only good Facebook phone will be one that has good hardware, subsidized and I can flash the latest version of android onto it.

Dion

3343 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1089

Trusted
Vocus

  Reply # 745243 15-Jan-2013 18:02
Send private message

mckenndk: The only good Facebook phone will be one that has good hardware, subsidized and I can flash the latest version of android onto it.


Hehe, QFT

2171 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 359


  Reply # 745274 15-Jan-2013 19:02
Send private message

What would happen if Facebook decided to go down some form of built in voip client path? Limit that functionality to facebook phone only and I am sure you would get more than a few keen kids jump ship

3031 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 466

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 745589 16-Jan-2013 11:25
Send private message

Facebook already has a built in VoIP client - Skype.

Awesome
4810 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1062

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 745592 16-Jan-2013 11:27
Send private message

Q: Why do we need a Facebook phone?

A: We don't!




Twitter: ajobbins


Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.