The latest news release from City A.M has rumours that HTC, the world’s premier developer of Google’s Android OS phones, is going to be showcasing not one, but two Facebook branded phones. The phones will operate on a tweaked version of the Android OS, and will most likely contain the functionality to incorporate Facebook messages, chat, and the ability to call your friends.
With this knowledge, could it be possible to increase ad air time by simply introducing them before a call is made? If all the data is downloadable from Facebook servers to the phone then this would become a matter of ‘converting’ the visual ads that are on the Facebook website to another visual medium presentable on the mobile device.
Along the same token, Mashable.com has reported that some of its users have noticed a suspicious ‘Call’ button amongst the new layout of the new Facebook messages system. This has some people wondering if Facebook is intending to launch its own online phone service to compete with Google Voice and Skype.
However, recent stats such as this report from Nielsen Wire shows that instant messaging is on the increase. Will moving into the voice space benefit or even be the right move for Facebook? Or could it possibly be just to claim as much user time as possible?
What are your thoughts on the Facebook phone and the possibly new Call feature within the Facebook website? How do you think it will affect your socialising norms? Comment below!