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Images of a concept phone designed by Michal Bonikowski, came to our attention today, giving interested parties and social network fan boys a potential glimpse into what high street window displays could be featuring in the not too distant future.
It boasts a 4.2-inch screen, stylish minimalist dock, and a highly visible 8 megapixel back cover camera, presumably intended to reflect Facebook's ongoing interest in photo sharing. (They just bought Instagram yes?)
Let's take a better look to all sides view of Facebook phone first concept.
There are two ways to make money in the smartphone business. There's Apple's way:
1) Make premium products that people clamour for;
2) Sell the devices for substantially more than it costs to make them;
3) Figure out what to do with your rapidly accumulating stockpiles of cash.
And then there's everyone else's way:
1) Spend a lot of money to make lots of different kinds of phones;
2) Sell them for rock-bottom prices, sometimes even for free;
3) Chalk your losses up to long-term strategy.
Now there are fresh reports that Facebook is planning to enter this terrible business. The New York Times' Nick Bilton says the social network has been stealthily recruiting smartphone hardware engineers — including former Apple staffers — in an effort to build its own phone.
It's obvious why Facebook would want its own phone. A lot of the social network's users log in to the site through their mobile devices, and Facebook hasn't found a good way to make money on small, ad-free screens. There's also the access threat — if most people come to Facebook through devices controlled by Google and Apple, Mark Zuckerberg can rightly fear that at some point, his rivals might somehow make it harder for people to get to his site. As one anonymous employee tells Bilton: "Mark is worried that if he doesn't create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms.
So what would be the point in using the Facebook phone? Well, remember, it will be cheap. But so are lots of Android phones. If Facebook makes a phone, then, the device will necessarily spark a battle for the low end of the phone market, with each company offering ever-cheaper devices in the hopes of cashing in on some future advertising bonanza.
My own opinion: I don't care the brand. I care more the specs. If Facebook phone will be smart enough, I'll be interested in touching it. If will be low price phone, I prefer to pay more to take, the best one that can fill my technology thirst.
Pictures: Yankodesign Michal Bonikowski; Source: stuff.co.nz ITproportal