Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 (that’s tomorrow), Facebook (FB) is holding a press conference at their headquarters. And like most major tech company announcements, no one from Facebook is talking about what they have up their social sleeve.
The consensus, at this point, is that Facebook will be announcing either their own branded smartphone or a mobile operating system for smartphones.
If I was a betting man, I would actually put my money on both – a Facebook smartphone that’s running a Facebook mobile OS.
One look at the mobile phone market and you’ll see, whether it’s the iPhone (iOS) or Android (Android OS) smartphones, Facebook plays a major roll in the success and demand for these devices.
Not sure if I’d go so far as to say that Facebook is the reason for the success of the iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones, but I don’t think any mobile device would be as popular as they are today without Facebook.
Facebook reportedly is approaching 500 million mobile phone users. This accounts for all mobile devices and platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, etc…). With that many mobile users, I can’t imagine a mobile phone, along with their own mobile operating system, being too ridiculous of a concept. Especially considering one of the biggest complaints Facebook mobile users have is how slow the social network moves on mobile devices. With a native mobile Facebook operating systems, developers could build the OS from ground up with the specs that Facebook needs to be fast and responsive on mobile devices.
And looking at it from the perspective of growing the mobile user base, Facebook could be in a position to where they need to build their own mobile OS and phone in order to get the speed and efficiency users want. The faster Facebook is on mobile phones, the more users will want to use it.
So what do you think? What will Facebook announce tomorrow during their press conference?
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