Yesterday our friends at Techcrunch had an interview with Mark Zuckerberg and main topic was “Facebook Phone” . After that interview sites like Bloomberg reported that Facebook might produce two phones who INQ Mobile Ltd will be the manufacturer and AT&T will be used as wireless carrier.
I understand that Facebook app on smartphones is cool if not even one of the most downloaded apps in different App Stores. But creating a phone that is specific to one Social Network might seem to be a bit odd. I personally would not buy a smatphone that is so specific to one brand.
Like the T-Mobile MyTouch Fender version which just after few days failed big time. More people bought MyTouch 3G than MyTouch Fender version and I think Facebook Phone will encounter exactly that same issues.
Apple has hard core fans and their brand was build for over 2 decades and whatever they release millions of hard core fans will buy it and talk about it in most positive way no mater if its iPoop or iPad .
Facebook has 500 million users but how many of those users are hard core fans?
In entire 5 years of Facebook existence not many people told me “You should totally get on Facebook” , sure they asked me “Do you have Facebook account” but those people are not fans, they are just regular users who ask me also “Do you watch videos on YouTube” for an example.
You might noticed that I put “Unless..” as my topic description, so here it is:
Unless: Facebook builds smartphone that users ( about 200 Million) can play games, I can see that phone as very profitable. Android 2.2 now includes Flash so games like Farmville, Mobsters etc can be played if configured correctly.
Maybe Facebook is building 10 inch tablet with Android 2.2 (Possibly Android3.0) that you can play games while at work, because as you know almost 60%+ of business companies nowadays block Social Networks due to employee productivity and security.
Well that’s just my theory, which you might agree or disagree, but what I would like to know is “What is your opinion on whole Facebook Smartphone development?”