According to a report published in New York Times (NYT), rumors say that Facebook is working on plans to build a smartphone, and it is recruiting experts who worked on Apple’s iPhone and iPad to help in its quest.
This plan is being driven by founder Mark Zuckerberg’s insistence that the social networking giant does not get left behind in the lucrative and growing area of mobile development.
Facebook’s recent launch as a public company has made the need for new sources of revenue even starker.
Quoting a Facebook employee, New York Times reported:
“Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms.”
NYT said that one engineer who formerly worked at Apple and worked on the iPhone said he met with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, who then peppered him with questions about the inner workings of smartphones. The engineer said that It did not sound like idle intellectual curiosity. He wait that Zuckerberg asked about intricate details, including the types of chips used. Another former Apple hardware engineer was recruited by a Facebook executive and was told about the company’s hardware explorations.
Facebook has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.
Source: Telecom Tiger