It hasn’t been 48 hours since credible rumors of a Facebook phone surfaced and spread on the internet like wildfire in the Savannah and already, possible hardware specs have surfaced. Facebook is prepping something huge – and by huge, it is not a new timeline, or a new search tool: Facebook smartphone.
Android is currently the market leader in the smartphone industry, controlling about 75% of the global smartphone market. Facebook is the most popular social networking site, and the most visited site in the world. It was earlier rumored that Facebook was going to introduce a new operating system for smartphones but it appears the company is going the full length of making their own hardware. The new phone, dubbed Facebook Phone, is an HTC Myst smartphone and is said to run on Facebook Home operating system. Facebook introduces their own operating system a couple of months after Mozilla announced an upcoming Firefox OS for smartphones. But then, whereas Mozilla’s is an actual operating system, Facebook’s is just a cover of an android operating system.
The Facebook phone, which is styled just like Amazon’s smartphone and tablet, is expected to focus more on content provision rather than generate income from content and advertising. Rumor is that the new Facebook phone will feature a customized Android OS skin – again, like Amazon’s Kindle Fire – and a customized launcher.
The big news now though is the hardware. The HTC Myst phone or Facebook phone will be equipped with a dual-core QUALCOMM snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3 inch 720p High Definition display, 5 megapixels main and 1.6 megapixels front camera and 16 GB onboard memory without a microSD card slot. The customized Android Operating system is actually Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a Facebook Home cover and HTC Sense 4.5 user interface.
The new HTC Myst will also come with all the standard features and specs of a mid-range smartphone including WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and 4G LTE capability.
Remember that the Facebook phone is still a rumor, but if it indeed comes, it is not clear when the company may make it available in the market or what strategy they will use to keep its price low while making profit off it. The phone cleared FCC just last week but a Facebook Home APK has already leaked, further proving that Facebook is up to something.
Facebook and HTC are collaborating to take over the social networking communication smartphone mass market with this mid-range smartphone – a new approach I might add. It is expected that a major announcement will come on April 4th in an event where the companies are expected to announce the phone to come to AT&T later this year. Let’s wait, we will hear from Facebook soon enough.