The Facebook Phone is just a rumor. Mark Zuckerberg once again told attendees at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference that his social network is not planning to create and release a mobile OS.
In his first interview since the Facebook IPO the social network founder sat down with Michael Arrington who proclaimed:
“I’ve been bugging you about Facebook phone for months. You say there’s nothing, but I don’t believe you.”
He might not believe him but Zuckerberg did not back down from his stance, telling Arrington:
“That’s always been the wrong strategy for us. It’s a juicy thing to say we’re building a phone, which is why people want to write about it. But it’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us.”
Mark Zuckerberg then admitted that building a Facebook phone probably wouldn’t create the type of smartphone sales needed to justify the platform.
“But if we did, we could get maybe 10 or 15 million people to use it,” Zuckerberg said. “The strategy we have is different from every other tech company that’s building their own hardware system, like Apple. We’re going in the opposite direction.”
In the meantime Zuck did mention that the mobile web is “huge” for Facebook and that the company needs to focus on creating programs that work more seamlessly with smartphones. According to Zuckerberg:
“No one is more integrated than [Facebook] on mobile web.”
The company’s strategy moving forwards seems simple enough, integrate further with iOS 6 to make developer programs work more flawlessly with Facebook mobile apps and then create programs that integrate with Google Android “hooks” to create a top notch platform for the world’s top selling mobile platform.
This begs the question … would you buy a Facebook phone?