The social network giant Facebook is now in news again. After google aquisition of Motorolla Mobility, another software titan i.e. FACEBOOK might be getting into the hardware game as well by launching its new smartphone in 2013. The plan is 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 is already entered into mobile apps and recently launched its new mobile photo app ‘Camera,’ just six weeks after its controversial $1bn purchase of Instagram. It also launchd facebook messenger for mobiles nd PCs.
According to the New York Times unnames sources,The company has already has hired “more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone and one who worked on the iPad.”
It quoted a Facebook employee as saying the site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg was “worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future. Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms”.
The attempt to get into the mobile market is not new. In the mobile phone area, the social networking site tried to develop a phone in 2010 but stopped plans when the company feared it would develop into a hardware maker instead of a software developer. The firm’s second attempt was working with Taiwanese smartphone company, HTC under the codename “Buffy.” which is still under development but the company is propelling plans forward on its own.
Facebook’s attempt to make its own mobile phone is a step forward in strengthening its weak mobile platform. Lets see if this may earn revenues for facebook.