Zuckerberg Gives a Definitive No on a Facebook Phone

By Kim-Mai Cutler Comment

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shot down rumors that Facebook is building a phone at the company headquarters today.

He said, “No,” and stressed that the company’s goal is to make it possible for all apps to be social regardless of the device or operating system. He added that the company strategy is a “horizontal approach” that is agnostic between platforms.

Zuckerberg said this as he launched new versions of Facebook’s iPhone and Android applications.

However, less clear is how the company may be building on top of existing operating systems, like Android, to create deeper integrations. There could be phones in the future that integrate Facebook so deeply that the interface revolves around Facebook — what some might feel has the equivalent experience to a “Facebook phone.”