Palo Alto, Calif. – Facebook has denied a report that it is
"building a mobile phone," but has reportedly spoken to manufacturing
partners about a Facebook-branded handset, according to published reports.
TechCrunch reported over the weekend that Facebook was developing software for
a mobile phone, speculating the company would be interested in more tightly
integrating a user’s Facebook friends and mobile phone contacts, and adding
that any Facebook phone would likely be a lower-end "feature" handset
priced for the mass market.
Facebook told CNET it "is not building a
phone. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were
social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is
a good way to enable this."
However, CNET cited sources who said the
company has reached out to potential hardware partners — although one source
said "the concept is in the very early stages and Facebook apparently has
not determined whether to proceed."