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Facebook phone project allegedly made in secret building

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010

Facebook phone effort said kept off campus

Facebook's repeatedly denied phone platform project is in development but is being deliberately kept out of sight to the usual team, a rumor claimed today. The plan, which would customize Android with deeper integration into Facebook, is supposedly being kept in a building away from the social network's Palo Alto office. SAI's tip maintained that Facebook VP of Growth, Mobile and International Chamath Palihapitiya was heading up the project.

The site has officially declined to comment on the latest rumor, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously maintained that Facebook's mobile efforts were only to work with mobile OS developers to make its service as much of a complete platform on their phones as possible. Android allows some of the deepest integration since Facebook and phone makers are free to modify much of the code, while Apple rarely allows integration from others and usually makes special deals.

A Facebook-optimized version of Android could be released independently of any one phone manufacturer, but it would require the consent of companies that have often developed their own layers, such as HTC, Inq and Motorola. Apple and Facebook have been talking in recent weeks, too, and could cast doubts on the social site's willingness to favor Android so heavily.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    come out already

    and confess your trying to get into the smartphone market, facebook. no one really cares.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A Facebook phone with an Android OS... Talk about obliterating the last shred of users' privacy!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Come out already

    Why? Isn't Apple's karma taken from their secrecy?

    Plus, working on a project is completely different than having one ready to go. Because if they announce they're working on something, and then decide "Ah, s**** it", then everyone gets on them about how they massively failed.

    For example, Apple was supposedly working on an phone for three years before releasing it. And Steve said they scrapped at least one version they developed. If Apple had said "We're working on a phone", then they'd feel more and more pressure to put out something that wasn't ready, just so they don't have to hear from the analysts and others how they're completely failing to devlelop anything.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think people are misunderstanding something, Facebook would be silly to get into the hardware market. They sell a service, slash they provide a service for free to users and sell advertising as their business model and they are doing it VERY WELL. You know why Google didn't make phone hardware? Because the people you need to make good software and good hardware don't always work at the same companies.

    If anything Facebook is probably developing software that it can then license to manufacturers or Google. And if you don't think they're working with Apple on a few things too think again.

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