With Facebook and their highly volatile IPO there is pressure for them to start showing a profit for investors. Facebook having 5 mobile apps with no way to monitize being seen on the horizon and on top of serious bugs within their apps we aren’t sure why they are turning their focus to and actual Android device AGAIN! This is in fact the third time Facebook has tried to develop their own phone to try and rival Apple and Google and promise this device some time next year. The only way this will make sense it if Facebook can actually show a profit this time for the sake of investors.
According to the New York Times Facebook has hired a few former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the ipad and iphone to help this time. Since Facebook has all but reached its peak of user base at 700 million users worldwide they truly need something else to continue to show profits. Facebook does well on its browser platform although without any income from mobile users and more and more moving to mobile they are having a difficult time keeping up.
We have no information on the actual OS that Facebook would use although we lean towards Android for the simple fact that they can make it their own without developing an entirely new system or paying royalties. Based on speculation they will be taking a page from Amazon and their Kindle Fire.
HTC Status Facebook Phone
The HTC Status is coming to AT&T. This phone is for serious social networking addicts with a full keyboard and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This phone is almost a dedicated Facebook device with one touch sharing, check in, and status updates.
Some of the HTC Status Features are:
Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense
Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA front-facing camera
If your looking for the perfect device for social networking this is it. This being said the HTC Status is not a very powerful phone
with only an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. If you want to be able to run most apps on the Google Market this device will disappoint with its 2.6 inch screen and low resolution you will not likely use it for anything more than Facebook.