By Tefo Mohapi
The rumours have started again. The alleged news of the Facebook phone to be built on HTC hardware running a modified version of Android are all over the web. Although no one from either Facebook or HTC can confirm this, it is alleged that Facebook will be deeply integrated into the phone apparently to allow such things as in-app Facebook payments.
Even though no official announcement on this has been made, it would (if confirmed) indicate the importance of mobile to Facebook considering it has relationships with over 400 Mobile Operators globally and claim they have over 350 million active mobile users.
What is even more interesting for us in Africa is taking into consideration (as we have previously covered in our articles on CP-Africa) that mobile phones are the number one method of us accessing the Internet on the continent. On the other hand, one wonders what compelling value proposition the Facebook Phone will have from any other mobile phone (iPhone, Samsung Galaxy range, Blackberry, Nokia, Motorola) running the Facebook app?
I guess we will have to wait and see until it goes into production and lands on our stores on the continent. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts.
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