Sources say Samsung may have declined to produce the next Facebook phone

Facebook logoRemember what happened to the HTC First? The Android handset was a solid device, but it didn't sell well despite (or because of?) its inclusion of Facebook Home right out of the box. It looks like Samsung has been paying attention because, as the Korea Herald reports, the company has turned down the opportunity to launch a phone with a Facebook interface.

According to Herald sources, Mark Zuckerberg visited Seoul to meet with Samsung executives yesterday and to discuss the possibility of another Facebook-type phone. But Samsung is reluctant to jump into that boat, considering the aforementioned struggles of the HTC First. “Samsung doesn’t want to help nurture a second Google,” claims one source. “Google is now becoming a formidable rival for Samsung in the handset business.” Additionally, the sources claimed that Facebook does not offer the premium image that Samsung wants to exude, and a partnership really wouldn't provide much benefit.

Facebook Home is already available for both of its major flagship handsets, the Galaxy S 4 and last-generation Galaxy S III, so there’s not much incentive for Samsung to even consider that kind of out-of-the-box branding.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Facebook, Samsung, smartphones

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