It helps that Netflix collects at least $8 a month from millions of customers.
It sounds like Facebook developing its own mobile OS to finally make some money from its mobile users.
It seems to me we're really in unchartered territory. As much as I dislike advertising, I'm happy to see Facebook jump into the arena. As others have pointed out, they have 1B users, and presumably some of them will like the idea of a FB phone. I see it as threatening Google, since Google and FB compete so fiercely for eyeballs and advertising dollars. But does it threaten Apple? I don't see it. I see it as just that much more fragmentation of Android which I quite like. (It's starting to resemble fractals in my imagination.)
And one more thing: M$ still likes to think that their OS is valuable. But Android/Linux is free and Windows Phone offers very few extra valuable features. So I see a FB phone as even more evidence that M$ is quickly becoming a has-been. Brave new world!
Facebook execs are stupid. Facebook is not going to make money by selling the hardware. How many Facebook users do they expect will switch to using this phone? Facebook will end up serving two groups of members. They can not make the services drastically different. Further, I can not see what significant services that Facebook can not deliver to iPhone users.
Just remember this post in a few years...
I have an excellent idea. Apple could modify its iOS to allow customers to customize the UI to whatever they like. So Facebook can provide not just apps but UIs to its members to modify iPhone/iPad. Apple will still provide whatever service that Facebook choose to keep. User can go to Facebook.com to convert his iPhone to Facebook iPhone or to Amazon.com to convert to Amazon iPhone. When he gets tired he can convert it to other iPhones easily.
They've already released 'Facebook' phones. One was the HTC Status, a Blackberry lookalike with a dedicated Facebook button... It will likely just be another phone with a bit of Facebook branding and integration. Or it could even just be another app...
Facebook doesn't need to release their own OS, it would be more of a headache than it would be worth it...
Oh great, my two favorite things combined and rolled up into one beautiful and highly effective synergy, Facebook and Android.
I can't stand either Facebook or Android, my dislike for both of them combined can not be described by mere words.
And who would hire somebody with a Facebook phone? That tells you right there that the person is a real loser, somebody who probably can't go more than a few minutes without checking in on all of the "action" that is taking place in their fake, virtual world. It sounds highly unproductive.
Damn, I can't help but agree with you today ^^'
Why do you guys keep saying Facebook doesn't make money from its Mobile customers? All the so called experts called Facebook's Quarter strong because it netted $64 million on 1.6 billion of revenue. It beat market expectations by 40 percent, and 23 percent of it's earnings were from Mobile Advertising, which was up 14 percent in the previous quarter. Check it out.
Further, a forked Mobile OS will stink because it will be based on old versions of Android. I also don't think the amount of users Facebook has is relevant to whether this decision is smart. I have four Facebook accounts. Two for business, and two personal one's I never use. The first one I opened in a fake name just so I could check out stupid photos people would want me to see.
Weather app will send push notifications of the weather where all your friends are.
*Shake to NOT post* technology.
Deep integration with app and game invitations.
All photos automatically run through latest trending Instagram filters for your convenience.
Facial recognition technology to unlock phone but will only recognize duckfaces.
OMG WHERE CAN I GET THIS
This will release two big criticisms of Apple one being too controlling the other being iOS UI have not changed since beginning. Apple will start giving user CHOICE. And the responsibility will be the user and companies like Facebook or Amazon, or News Corp, or ...
Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither and will lose both.
Can I have a Youtube video of that meeting?
Does your skin crawl seeing a Mac running Windows OS?