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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

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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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