Samsung not interested in ‘Facebook-friendly’ phone

Samsung not interested in ‘Facebook-friendly’ phoneSouth Korean manufacturer Samsung generally likes to keep a finger in every pie when it comes to operating systems (Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Tizen), and its Galaxy range is the antithesis of “one size fits all”. If there’s a base out there, Samsung has it covered.

It might (emphasis on might) come as a surprise then to hear that Samsung isn’t interested in releasing a Facebook phone, despite Zuckerberg extending his hand during a recent visit to Seoul.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has been slowly muscling in on the mobile scene over the past few years, starting with the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha “Facebook phones”.

More recently we met the HTC First (another Facebook phone, essentially), alongside the Facebook Home Android homescreen takeover thingy.

Things haven’t exactly gone to plan, however. While Facebook Home quickly recorded millions of downloads, 9,984 of 19,731 Google Play reviewers have awarded it just one star out of five.

As for the HTC First, rumour has it it’s been abandoned already, with the UK release put on hold.

As such, Facebook reportedly looked to Samsung to help crank things up a notch, and release what’s described by sources as a “Facebook-friendly” phone.

Sources tell The Korea Herald: “Facebook has every intention of becoming the second Google, and with that intent in mind, Zuckerberg is said to have asked Samsung to step up cooperation by launching a phone with a Facebook interface.”

Alas, Samsung is said to have no interest in creating a “second Google”, while Facebook doesn’t exactly gel with the South Koreans’ premium vibe. Ultimately, Samsung would have nothing to gain by releasing a Facebook phone.

Interestingly, Zuckerberg reportedly didn’t think to go visit LG.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 19, 2013 at 19:44

Well, d'oh... the ChaCha flopped, the HTC First flopped - to such an extent that some networks canceled it altogether.

For the same reason the rumoured Amazon phone doesn't appear. Either not at all, or they are trying to figure out what angle they could possibly offer. A phone is obviously not the ideal eReader - especially one from a company that claims it makes the ideal eReaders - 6-, 7- and 10-inchers respectively.
Maybe if Amazon bundled an anti-Wikileaks app they could sell a few units to a few, ahem, units within the NSA and US armed forces.


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