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Facephone? Facebook will launch smartphone next year


 

Facebook will unveil a phone made by the company next year, the New York Times reports. The smartphone is seen as a move by Facebook to compete head-on with Google, which just bought Motorola Mobility for just over $12.5 billion and is expected to build a phone of its own.

Google has, of course, a major advantage over Facebook already: it builds the Android operating system that has become a major competitor to Apple’s IOS.

Citing anonymous sources, the NYT says about the Facebook phone:

The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.

The rumours of Facebook’s intentions to build a smartphone are gaining momentum. According to Reuters, the company could be getting ready to pay as much as $1 billion for Opera Software, a company listed in Oslo which is “coveted for its advanced mobile phone software technology.”


 
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Facephone? Facebook will launch smartphone next year

  1. Gabreila,

    It’s facefone, not Facephone. The brand Facephone is already out there has been use
    multiple times.

    Ever gave thoughts to the brand facefone. Kinda catchy for
    Facebook don’t you think?

    Now why would Facebook need to buy a phone maker when it
    could easily use Apples next generation iPhone, the Apple facefone.

    facefone is the brand name that will unite the these two
    giants.

    Watch out Google!

    Sébastien

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