We have been hearing rumors that Facebook are working on their own Facebook Phone for quite a while, although Facebook have always denied that they would be releasing any kind of hardware, and instead said that they would be concentrating on mobile software.
According to a recent report by Nick Bilton of the NYT, Facebook have been hiring ex Apple engineers, and has apparently hired more that half a dozen who previously worked on Apple’s iPhone to work on a new Facebook smartphone.
According to the report, Facebook are hoping to release their Facebook Phone some time next year, and when asked about the project, the company had the following to say about it.
We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers.”
Whether or not Facebook will be able to produce a Facebook Phone remains to be seen, the company are rumored to have been working on one before but due to the difficulties involved the project was never finished.
Source New York Times