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Comment : Facebook Is Building A Mobile Platform, Not A Phone

Facebook may not be looking at building a mobile phone but a mobile platform instead based on the fact that two Facebook employees working on the project are Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, two top-notch mobile developers.

Both have immense expertise in resource-light operating systems as mentioned by Michael Arrington (opens in new tab) from Techcrunch; Arrington also noted that the former left the iPhone platform "in disgust" while Papkipos worked on Chrome OS before leaving in June 2010.

Facebook already has built a platform that has gone beyond its core original function; Facebook Credits for example allows people to perform commercial transactions while Facebook Connect enables other websites to communicate and transfer user data seamlessly with the social network.

Dan Frommer (opens in new tab) from Business Insider actually hit the nail on the head when he says that Facebook might even build one based on Android OS (which would be slightly ironic) before mentioning the name of a third ex-Googler, who joined the social network.

Whether Facebook wants to build a mobile platform using Google's help might be important but what's even more critical is how to convince phone manufacturers and network carriers to use it. Will Facebook actually pay them or give them a cut of all profits like in the case of the App Store?

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.