Cloud Computing: Facebook's Social Smartphone Plans: 10 Intriguing Clues
TechCrunch unleashed a tempest of talk among its fellow blogs when it reported Facebook was building mobile phone software to rival smartphone operating systems from Apple and Google. The so-called Facebook Phone is looking increasingly like a simple sequel to INQ Mobile's INQ1 phone, which hasn't sold particularly well since its launch in 2009. Still, the rumor produced a number of interesting story lines to parse, pontificate on and otherwise mull over. For example, did you know that Facebook employs Erick Tseng, a former senior program manager with Google's Android team? The speculation grew so rampant that it forced Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer TechCrunch's reportage, if only to extinguish the "where there's smoke, there's fire" rumor. In a detailed interview with the popular blog, Zuckerberg laid out the company's strategy for bringing social to the mobile sphere. If he can get more than the 100 million of his Facebook users to access the mobile version of his Website, it will keep more users from spending time in Google and Apple Web services, translating to big social ad dollars down the road.