Jurubicara Facebook, Jaime Schopflin, melalui Mashable telah membantah rumor yang belakangan ini berkembang, yaitu bahwa Facebook sedang mengembangkan Facebook Phone. Meskipun demikian, rumor mengenai hal ini tetap saja berlangsung, bahkan semakin berkembang.
Perkembangan dari rumor tersebut di antaranya adalah bahwa ternyata Facebook Phone akan menggunakan sistem operasi Google Android, berbeda dengan rumor sebelumnya yang menyebutkan bahwa Facebook juga sedang mengembangkan sistem operasinya sendiri.
Informasi mengenai bantahan dan rumor tersebut di atas diperoleh dari sumber berikut:
Inilah pernyataan dari jurubicara Facebook, Jaime Schopflin, yang membantah mengenai rumor Facebook Phone:
“The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate. Facebook is not building a phone. Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social. Current projects include include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. For an example, check out Connect for iPhone and the integration we have with contact syncing through our iPhone app. Another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called ‘Facebook Phone’). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a ‘Facebook Phone’ because that’s such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.”
Berikut ini adalah analisis yang dibuat oleh Dan Frommer dari Business Insider mengenai rumor Facebook Phone:
- Michael Arrington of TechCrunch reported that Facebook is “secretly building a phone.” He clarifies, “Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware.” He reported that two high-level Facebook employees, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are working on the secret project.
- I posted this analysis of why Facebook is working on a secret phone project: Because it needs to be a platform, not just a service or app. Here, I explain that I heard similar rumors on my recent trip to Silicon Valley. And I list several factors as to why Facebook would be working on such an ambitious project — the biggest of which is that Facebook deeply desires to be at the center of your mobile experience, and to have other services built on top of it, the way it has on the web. If you read only one post about Facebook’s phone, this should be it.
- I exclusively reported that Facebook is using Google Android as the basis for its mobile project, based on a conversation I had with a plugged-in Silicon Valley source. This is supported with lots of tweets from Facebook’s Joe Hewitt criticizing Android’s developer tools, which I think is a giveaway that he’s deep in the weeds with Android.
- I reminded everyone that Facebook’s new mobile boss, Erick Tseng, was just stolen from Google’s Android team, where he was a senior product manager. Not only is he intimately familiar with Android, but he could have gone anywhere, including a startup. His move to Facebook was calculated, and I think that’s because he knows how big the opportunity is for Facebook to get deeper into mobile.
- I found this quote from Facebook’s Erick Tseng, which he provided my colleague Nicholas Carlson in July, right after he was hired. “We’re far far away from having a truly socially-informed mobile experience. Look for that in 12 to 16 months.” In other words, Facebook’s big mobile product should launch in summer or fall of 2011.
- Facebook put out a statement to Mashable, saying, “The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate. Facebook is not building a phone.” I explained that this is a classic non-denial denial, and that of course Facebook is not building a phone. Note that Facebook does not deny that it is building a custom version of Android; just that it is not “building a phone.” Indeed, Facebook’s statement actually brags about its projects to move deeper into the phone OS, as if it’s admitting that the original story is correct.
- I tweeted, “Remember when Google wasn’t building its own phone, either? Right.” TechCrunch’s MG Siegler later wrote a post on the same topic, “Facebook Is Not Working On A Phone Just Like Google Was Not Working On A Phone.”
- MySpace employee Sean Percival posted this funny image, “First Photo of the Facebook Phone.” As you can see, it tweaks Facebook for its recurring privacy issues. Could end up being a concern, but I think Facebook is a little more careful about that stuff now.
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