We all know and love the HTC ChaCha and Salsa, but we heard the other day that Facebook was looking to actually build its own phone, and some engineer guy rightly warned that it’s much easier said than done.
Facebook has reportedly been snapping up former Apple engineers in a bid to form some sort of mobile phone-building team, but new rumour juice suggests an alternative solution might be for Facebook to go out and buy itself a top mobile manufacturer. As you do.
Paul Amsellem, managing director of marketing company Mobile Network Group, reckons Facebook could snap up Nokia for a cool $10 billion. "They need to do it," Amsellem insists.
The Nokia Facebook phone would run none other than Windows Phone, thanks to Team Elop's close relationship with Team Ballmer. Facebook and Windows Phone? A marriage made in heaven, no doubt.
However, Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner reckons that’d be just a tad over the top. He jokes to TechRadar: "You don't need to buy, you know, the world's second-largest handset manufacturer to build a cell phone. It's like you're trying to get to your house, from here to there, so you buy an airline."
Call me silly, but I reckon smartphone users are more concerned about things like battery life and a healthy selection of apps than they are about deeper Facebook integration. As if a widget and dedicated app aren’t enough.
But hey, what the heck do I know? This: absolutely nothing.