By Ari Driessen
Facebook has adamantly denied rumors swirling about that it is hard at work developing its own mobile phone. The social networking giant remained mum, however, when asked if it would be marketing a Facebook-branded phone — suggesting that a third party-maufactured device with all the friending, liking and poking Facebook fans would be able to handle may be on the horizon.
Responding to a story published by gadget blog TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson was quick to discredit the notion of a Facebook phone. “Facebook is not building a phone. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this,” the spokesman told CNET.
Reportedly, CNET was able to confirm that Facebook had in fact reached out to original equipment manufacturers and wireless carriers floating the idea of a device with the social network at its core. Like the Google-branded Nexus One manufactured by HTC, a phone with deep Facebook integration and bearing the social network’s logo would likely be manufactured by a mobile giant such as HTC, Motorola or Samsung.
Whether or not you ‘like’ the idea of a Facebook-branded phone, only time will tell if a significant number of the social network’s half-billion worldwide users would flock to the idea of a hypothetical device that goes a step beyond the already deep Facebook integration of existing platforms.