updated 02:25 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010
Facebook phone still seen on track
Despite trying to debunk rumors of a self-made phone, Facebook today was claimed to both still be working on the project but to have picked its choice of OS. A source for SAI maintained that the phone would use Android as its foundation and focus mostly on making the platform more aware of the social network. It's speculated that Android Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng's decision to leave Google for Facebook was to have him head up the phone project.
The company has so far insisted that it's only hoping to work on collaboration with others for existing platforms and to work on the mobile web, but many have already seen the statements as a non-denial that only claims the company isn't working on the phone directly, not that it hasn't asked a company to build a phone with a Facebook platform. One slip to CNET has asserted that Facebook has at least tried to "seek input" from carriers and hardware makers on a device, possibly as an exclusive in the US for one carrier.
A decision to use Android would give the phone the ability to use third-party apps and shorten Facebook's development time. The Palo Alto firm may see it as a way of getting an edge over Apple and Google in mobile social networking, but the deal could potentially be antagonistic towards Google, as it has confirmed that it's already moving towards at least a social networking component, if not a full network, over coming months.