Ever since Facebook gave notice of their upcoming Android event on Thursday, the Internet has exploded with rumors and commentary about the potential release of a so called "Facebook Phone". The notion isn't new, the social network attempted to make a Facebook branded phone before, but a smartphone with a dedicated "F" for Facebook button didn't appeal to many.
What is this Facebook Phone?
While no one is really sure what Mark and the gang is up to, most people think they will try another Facebook branded smartphone using a custom version of Android as a foundation. According to the New York Times, the company will present a new HTC product (they also manufactured the previously mentioned failure, the HTC Status) with Facebook at it's core, displaying a user profile as soon as you power up the phone, and standalone Facebook apps like Messenger, which is currently available on Android and iOS, pre-installed.
What are people saying?
Judging from comments posted around the internet on Friday and Saturday, people aren't any more enamored with the new "Facebook Phone" concept than the old one. Most of the dissent revolves around two issues; one being choice, and the other trust. According to one commenter on the New York Times website, while they liked HTC as a brand, and they used Facebook, they couldn't "think of anything less appealing than having a Facebook-centric smartphone." Another one on the Time Techland website said "More ways to spy on you with Facebook."
Basically to sum things up, most people want to be able to choose how and when they access their data, whether it be a social network or music app, and most don't want their smartphone experience to be focused through the lens of one particular service.
Secondly, a lot of people still have trust issues with Facebook. They haven't forgotten all of the "Terms of Service" snafus of the past. Many people don't trust the idea that Facebook would have even more access into their personal lives, nevermind the fact that Google probably has more information on them than Zuckerberg and Co. can ever dream of having.