Even though Facebook is denying that it’s working on a smart phone, the social-networking company has been talking with hardware makers and carriers to decide on whether a Facebook-branded phone would be marketable, reports CNET Editor in Chief Scott Ard.
Facebook denied a story published in TechCrunch that reported the social-networking site was considering integrating contacts lists and other key aspects into a smart phone, but the denial "appears to be splitting hairs," Ard writes. "Notably, even though Facebook issued a lengthy denial, the spokesman did not respond when CNET asked if the company is considering marketing a Facebook-branded phone made by a third party," the story says.
But the concept remains in very early stages, with Facebook still deciding whether to go forward with the idea. "However, around Silicon Valley, Facebook is notorious for floating ideas that get leaked, but the company either walks away entirely or goes in a dramatically different direction," the article points out, giving the example of a yet-to-materialize music service, which Facebook was said to be working on two years ago to challenge MySpace Music.