If you haven’t heard by now, rumors have been circulating for the past few days about Facebook working on a phone powered by Android. Facebook has been firmly denying it, but now, reports are coming in that they are partnering up with AT&T and INQ Mobile for not one, but two devices.
If you remember, INQ previously launched what they called the world’s first social mobile phone in October of last year, which they called the INQ1. Speaking to Bloomburg, a Facebook representative stated that the company has been working with INQ for two years to “help them build a deeply integrated Facebook experience on their devices”.
It sounds like they may just be helping INQ push out an updated version of the INQ1, only this time in the form of an Android powered smartphone. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the following to say when asked whether or not his company was trying to compete with Apple or Google:
“Because we’re not trying to compete with Apple or the Droid or any other hardware manufacturer for that matter… We’re trying to build a social layer for everything. Basically we’re trying to make it so that every app everywhere can be social whether it;s on the web, or mobile, or other devices.”
If this whole thing sounds a little ambiguous…it’s because it is. In all likelihood, however, this concept of a “Facebook phone” is being highly sensationalized, and the end result will probably not be as stunning as some may have you believe.