Facebook canceled in 2010 its own smartphone with Intel

Mar

25

2016

Facebook had its own smartphone in 2010 in development and had previously signed deals with processor maker Intel and provider AT & T. So says the chief executive who led the project at that time. The smartphone never came, because the release would be too expensive.

The smartphone was then necessary because Facebook had little to crumble in the milk in the mobile market and people believed in the social network that Facebook would benefit most in making its own hardware and software. The release would have cost a billion dollars and Facebook had was time, for the stock market, the money, says Chamath Palihapitiya, the CEO who led the project in an interview with Recode.

The phone is designed by Yves Béhar, currently CEO is Jawbone. There are still prototypes of the device. Although Palihapitiya in the interview repeatedly said that it was a different smartphone, he does not say what was so different about the device. At that time were already rumors about the phone.

There were later Android handsets with a Facebook button like the HTC Chacha. The British INQ came with two Facebook models . Moreover, Facebook bought WhatsApp and Instagram, and brought it with Facebook Home own launcher for Android. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the 1.5 billion users use the service via telephone.

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