0 people like it thumbs up
0 people dislike it thumbs up

Is Facebook Phone Set to Fail?

Posted on May 29, 2012
Category:

Yesterday, we reported about how Facebook allegedly recruited several former software and hardware engineers from Apple who worked on the iPhone and iPad, as part of the company’s plan of creating a smartphone on their own. The news brought out a flurry of reactions in the tech-o-sphere.

Mathew Ingram of GigaOM reported that Facebook’s plan of developing a smartphone is very obvious by what the social networking site has been rolling out–the Facebook Camera app, which can be connected directly to a device’s camera; the App Center that serves as a repository for related services and software; Facebook Messenger, which comes as a separate app; and the report about Facebook planning to acquire the Opera browser.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNET cast a shadow of doubt over the success of a possible Facebook phone. He wrote: “(These rumors) fail to address why a smartphone is a key component in the Facebook strategy. Hardware is an enormously risky business; ask companies such as RIM or Motorola and they will tell you just how risky it can be.”

He also questioned how a Facebook smartphone will “offer a different experience from a Facebook app or simply visiting the Facebook website via the browser.” He added that if Facebook fails to provide a “clear advantage as to why people should buy the hardware beyond bragging rights,” then the project is doomed.

Meanwhile, Chris Matyszczyk of CNET suggested what Facebook might do to make its phone stand out in the market: give it away for free. Of course it comes with a catch, like ads appearing on the display as you use it.

Either way, established smartphone companies like Samsung and Apple are in for some fierce competition.

 
 

Comments

 
[...] that Facebook’s plan of developing a smartphone is very obvious by what the socia… Read More » [...]
[...] that Facebook’s plan of developing a smartphone is very obvious by what the socia…Read More »  Gadget News and Reviews – [...]
Gadget » Is Facebook Phone Set to Fail? on May 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Gadget on Facebook

Sponsored Links

Twitter

Trending posts from gadgetcom on Twitter, updated daily!
  • Loading, Please Wait...