You may have read rumours of a possible Facebook phone in the last couple of days. I read them too. I didn’t like the idea, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad idea, depending on how it is executed. Of course, some people are giving 101 reasons why Facebook does not need a phone. I don’t think that they need a phone too. But they could do with an OS. Nah; I woun’t go into details here. But if your memory serves you right, some said too years ago that Google didn’t need an OS. Look how much better life is for Google since Android. Facebook could use an OS.
Never mind that the Facebook phone rumour has turned out (AGAIN) to be just vapour. There was no phone announcement, but we have heard this stuff before now. I am betting that this rumour will re-surface again: “Facebook may announce a Facebook phone next week at Armageddon”. Could it be that someone really wants a Facebook phone? How else do we explain this rumour that dies and resurrects in an endless cycle? But, I digress. Where was I? Oh, right. Facebook could use an own mobile OS.
But perhaps if Facebook could use an OS of their own, then they could use a phone of their own? The idea of controlling the end-to-end experience is necesarily a bad one, if you think of it. So, shall we assume that someday, there really will be a Facephone running Face OS (indulge my imagination, if you please). Would you want one? Would you buy and use one? Let us assume again that Face OS will be a fork of Android and so be able to run the hundreds of thousands of Android apps floating around. Would you?
Would you want a Facebook phone? Or is it a Facephone? Or the fPhone?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.