Facebook’s fabled smartphone was first reported back in 2010, but the plan at that time was eventually scrapped. Then, in 2011, Facebook partnered with HTC to make a smartphone codenamed “Buffy.” Then, in May of last year, it was reported that Facebook had hired former Apple engineers to make the proprietary phone.
Now, according to a report by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, the company is likely to launch the so-called Facebook phone at tomorrow’s press event.
But, as pointed out by Siegler:
It’s not entirely clear if this will be an actual piece of Facebook branded hardware or if they will simply use hardware from a phone maker to show off some sort of new Facebook OS for mobile. That is to say, it could very well be that the “Facebook Phone” is more about a Facebook OS running on a phone (or a few phones).
The upcoming Messenger for iPad, which, in all likelihood, will arrive through a universal update to the existing version of Messenger for iOS, is said to be:
… replete with all the Messenger features we’ve come to love like emoticons, photosharing, read receipts, location tagging, group messaging, and the new voice-recorded messaging feature …
To be sure, I’m not the most avid of Facebook users. But I am nonetheless interested to see what Facebook has up its sleeve — especially if it pertains to a possible iPhone competitor or a long-overdue iPad version of one of the company’s popular apps.