On Facebook’s Phone Plan

Man, this weekend absolutely blew up on the news that Facebook had poached a bunch of Apple engineers to further develop their plans for a mobile phone platform.

Also, strong rumors are now swirling they could acquire the Opera browser for $1 billion. Opera’s desktop market share isn’t that huge, but on the mobile side it’s quite a popular browser and something Facebook would need to offer as part of their mobile OS.

The reason for launching a mobile platform/OS is that Zuckerberg believes the social network can’t thrive in a mobile-dominated world if it’s just an app on iOS or Android. The question becomes twofold: do we really need a Facebook phone? And what could Facebook bring to the table that iOS or Android doesn’t already?

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