Facebook’s initial attempt to break the ice and enter the mobile market with the HTC First (also known as the “Facebook Phone”) has failed, but that doesn’t necessarily imply that the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will give up on the concept. Earlier today, Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jay-yong and Mark Zuckerberg met at Samsung’s headquarters in Korea, Seoul, and apparently the collaboration between the two companies will be taken to new heights, as a new Facebook Phone is now rumored to be in the cards.
But let’s not get carried over here, because officially speaking there’s no mention of another Facebook Phone. An official who attended the meeting said that as Facebook continues to focus on its social network, the company is on the lookout for a trustable business partner on the hardware side of things, and that Samsung is apparently the right company. More after the break.
Samsung and Facebook Strengthen Collaboration
Today marked the third time this year when Samsung and Facebook’s officials met, and as we all know the business partnership between the two companies has been much more prominent in these past several months. After all, the Samsung Gear VR was developed in conjunction with Oculus, which is now owned by Facebook.
But getting back to the matter at hand, the latest meeting was apparently a “win-win” for both giants. Interestingly enough, local media also reported that the companies have discussed “futuristic business projects”, as officials at Samsung Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley flew in and participated in the meeting, in order to address “challenging issues that the parties are facing”.
In other words, Samsung and Facebook seem to be cooking something, and it might not be just another “Facebook Phone” (although several media reports from South Korea are claiming that a Samsung-built Facebook phone is going to happen). The resulting products can technically vary from Samsung smartphones pre-loaded with more Facebook applications, to various gadgets other than smartphones (like the Gear VR). Perhaps Facebook is planning to release a wearable of its own which revolves around social interaction, but we’re just guessing.
What are your thoughts on these recent developments, and what products do you think the two companies might be working on in the future?