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:
- 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
- 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.)
- Multi-tab browser
- One-touch post to Facebook
- 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
- 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!