Yesterday TechCrunch published a story that suggested that Facebook was secretly beavering away on a mobile phone, and revealed that a source told them that they were building the software while ‘working with a third party to actually build the hardware.’ They suggest that two big-time Facebook bods – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are working on the project, which they hope will counter the threat from iPhone and Android hardware.
However, Facebook have today denied that they are building any kind phone, which is amusing, given that no-one suggested that they were. They suggested that a third-party was, while they built the software. So it’s not really much of a denial at all. TechCrunch clearly believes in the source, even if the commentators on the story don’t. We personally would be surprised if Facebook started making Operating Systems, but then we never thought Google would either.
‘Facebook is not building a phone,’ they said in a statement. ‘Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social. Current projects include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers.
‘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…another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called Facebook Phone). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects.’