Rumours broke yesterday that Social Networking giant Facebook, were producing a dedicated Facebook Smartphone, a rumour which was later shot down Facebook representatives in a very vague and unconvincing denial. The representatives denied all knowledge of Facebook producing an actual phone, which left it quite open to debate whether Facebook could still be outsourcing the actual hardware from an OEM manufacturer, much in the same way as the Google/HTC collaboration which produced the Nexus One and instead focussing their efforts on producing the software.
The leak points towards two very high level employees working on the project, namely Joe Hewitt - a software engineer who has previously worked on the creation of the Firefox Browser and the iPhone Facebook application. The second man being Matthew Papakipos – the director of the HTML5 Open Web Platform efforts at Google before leaving and joing Facebook; which would certainly seem to support the rumour. It’s also said that the project is unknown to most Facebook employees, again something which seems perfectly feasible and quite likely.
We don’t know anything about the phone itself nor who will be producing it if it does indeed exist, but assuming it does, we’d be very interested to see Facebook’s take on a phone and how they think a phone should function. It could turn out that this is nothing more than a platform for developing a more integrated Facebook Application which can be rolled out across Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7 et al. What do you think it’ll be? Let us know in the comments section below.