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Putting the Rumors to Rest: Facebook’s Own Phone

Okay, so let’s just put this one to rest….for now. Despite the rumors spread by TechCrunch, Facebook confirmed with Mashable that they will not be building a smartphone…anytime soon. Facebook disclosed its business plan for deeper integration with existing technology, saying that this is, in fact, the super-secret project that Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos Read more

Okay, so let’s just put this one to rest….for now.

Despite the rumors spread by TechCrunch, Facebook confirmed with Mashable that they will not be building a smartphone…anytime soon. Facebook disclosed its business plan for deeper integration with existing technology, saying that this is, in fact, the super-secret project that Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos were working on. TechCrunch pushed back with a pretty compelling argument:

There are a few possibilities here. 1) Our sources on this are wrong. 2) Facebook is lying. 3) Facebook is telling their own version of the truth. 4) This is a need-to-know basis project and Facebook PR doesn’t need to know.

Only time will tell if something is indeed brewing in Facebook’s secret lab. But we can’t help but speculate: if Facebook made its own phone, what would it look like? What features would it have?

Here’s our Wishlist:

DESIGN

  • Slightly larger than the iPhone’s 2.31” x 4.5” case for optimum multi-touch browsing
  • A physical keyboard to deter typos while posting text
  • A wide range of colors and cases, putting the focus on individuality and personality

PHONE

  • Voice recognition software to place calls by name rather than number
  • Multi-user video conferencing, with the option to record & post to Facebook
  • Voice-to-text option to leave voicemail as Facebook messages
  • If a contact is not reachable by phone, displays a list of icons showing availability across all social networks (i.e., AIM, GChat, Skype, Facebook Chat, etc.)

BROWSER

  • Multi-tab browser
  • One-touch post to Facebook

HARDWARE

  • 10 megapixel photo + video camera with zoom and filters
  • Lock to prevent accidental posting
  • USB port for synching with desktop management software
  • High-definition LED Screen
  • 14-hour battery life
  • Wi-fi

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Bump phones to “friend” someone on Facebook
  • Friends’ birthdays automatically synch to calendar, one-touch call & greet
  • Bluetooth technology to detect and connect friends in the same area
  • Automatic check-in at RSVP events
  • Entire suite of Facebook games and applications loaded into phone as apps

Did we leave anything off?  Let us know what you’d like to see on a Facebook-branded smartphone!

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