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Facebook To Create Own Smartphone

Written on May 27, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Facebook, to hire Apple iPhone hardware and software engineers to create their own smartphone.

Social networking giant is planning to build their own smartphone and they are currently hiring iPhone hardware and software engineers to help them bring it to life.

According to a report from NYTimes:

“The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the , the employees and those briefed on the plans said.”

“One engineer who formerly worked at Apple and worked on the iPhone said he met with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, who then peppered him with questions about the inner workings of smartphones. It did not sound like idle intellectual curiosity, the engineer said; Mr. Zuckerberg asked about intricate details, including the types of chips used, he said. Another former Apple hardware engineer was recruited by a Facebook executive and was told about the company’s hardware explorations.”

This will be Facebook’s third attempt to create their own phone. They have recently made a joint venture with HTC, which released a set of phones last year named Salsa and Status. These smartphones are armed with deep Facebook integration, however they didn’t sell well in the market and had poor sales.

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