This one is so weird, you have to wonder if maybe it’s a huge and elaborate early April Fool’s joke. But the rumors will not quit: Facebook, supposedly, will be announcing the new Facebook Phone this week.
A Facebook. Phone.
The New York Times Bits blog claims that two anonymous sources have confirmed that the phone will be announced this Thursday. The phone will of course be branded by Facebook and will highlight the Facebook… app? Features? Functionality?
It’s hard to say. Here’s what the post states.
On Thursday, Facebook plans to unveil the first smartphone created to showcase its social network. The phone, made by HTC, uses a version of Google’s Android software, according to two people briefed on the announcement, which will be made at a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
The software is designed so that some of the core features of the phone, like the camera, will be built around Facebook’s services, according to one of the people, who is a Facebook employee. Both people briefed on Facebook’s plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the product before the formal announcement.
In a market already crowded with smart phones (including the Blackberry’s desperate push to remain relevant), it’s hard to imagine a Facebook phone having much impact. I mean, would you buy it?
Keep your eyes to the news on Thursday for the big reveal. Should be amusing, regardless!