Facebook phone not on the wishlist of every Facebook fan
| by Aneez Shaikh |
The rumored Facebook phone is not on the priority list of every Facebook fan, a new study has found. In a poll conducted by a UK-based digital marketing agency, 50 percent of people who were asked their opinion on the Facebook phone said they would never switch to a Facebook phone.
This doesn't come as a big surprise, though. Tech 2's opinion section had already carried a piece last month, saying that there's absolutely no need for a dedicated Facebook phone when practically all smartphones - and a majority of feature phones - are already Facebook-ready.
The number of users accessing Facebook on their mobile phones and smartphones has surpassed those who access it on their computers. This trend gained momentum only over the past couple of years when smartphones featuring a dedicated Facebook app came into the picture. These apps allowed users to easily access the social networking site on-the-go, with all the possible features neatly packed into a user-friendly app. Facebook has made a few attempts already to introduce a social networking-friendly handset in the past and tied up with companies such as HTC to develop and release "Facebook Phone". Devices such as the Android-powered HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha didn't quite receive as much success as hoped for, and so it was back to the drawing board. The most recent attempt at cashing in on their mobile fame came in the form of the Vodafone Facebook Phone, the Blue 555. The Java-based QWERTY device, although not a smartphone, integrated a great deal of the social network into a simple, yet chic looking handset. Unfortunately, it seemed that its popularity had passed.
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