Possible Facebook phone details revealed

By on January 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

Possible Facebook phone details revealed

We just received information from a tipster who apparently was part of a recent focus group for an upcoming device that appears to be a Facebook phone. Here are some features we anticipate will be part of the eventual Facebook handset based on questions asked at during the session:

  • Location aware coupons: you pick main categories of interest. When you’re near any stores that fall into those categories, coupons are automatically pushed to your phone. Basically, it sounds like “Facebook Deals on steroids,” as our tipster elegantly phrased it.
  • An always-on GPS service much like Google Latitude that would run in the background. The service would provide automatic “check-ins” and might share your location with friends.
  • No local storage (or very little). Everything is cloud-based, including contacts, media, data, etc.
  • Obviously the phone will include a camera, but everything will be uploaded automatically and stored in the cloud.
  • A news ticker-style message notification system: all messages funnel into one mass inbox, sortable by type, but initially unfiltered. There will also be a ticker of some kind that reads off message content as it’s delivered, regardless of message type.

The handset itself wasn’t specifically referred to as a “Facebook phone,” though our tipster tells us they spent over an hour of the session talking about social media in addition to very specific things like “how many photos do you upload to Facebook a day”, and more.

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WSJ gets less cheeky with Verizon iPhone article, now says it's a done deal

By on October 7, 2010 at 10:59 AM.

WSJ gets less cheeky with Verizon iPhone article, now says it's a done deal

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal made headlines by writing:

Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.

While there is plenty of innuendo in that statement, the publication never actually stated that Verizon will be selling the iPhone. Today, the WSJ has un-muddied the proverbial waters and rewritten a portion of their previous article. The new article reads:

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

There you have it. Your iPhone-to-Verizon rumor du jour. Bon appetit! More →

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WSJ: Apple to begin mass producing iPhone for Verizon Wireless by end of 2010

By on October 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM.

WSJ: Apple to begin mass producing iPhone for Verizon Wireless by end of 2010

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple plans to begin mass producing the iPhone for CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless before the end of 2010. “Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple,” writes the WSJ. Apple, Qualcomm, and Verizon have all declined to comment on the report. The paper goes on to say that the phone would be available from Verizon Wireless in Q1 of 2011. More →

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