Facebook: On the verge of building it’s own phone?

A report on TechCrunch is quoting a source with “knowledge about the project” in which the perennial social networking juggernaut, Facebook is on the path of building it’s cell phone. The report states: Two high level Facebook employees – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff. Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky says  it would be hard for Facebook to “make a dent in the hardware and services game (remember, the competition is Microsoft, Apple, Google, RIM, and Nokia). Like all rumor and speculation in the gadget world, take it with a grain of salt,” and we feel the same way.

But what we can see is Facebook using a proven platform OS like Google’s Android and building a ‘Sense’ like user interface, thereby customizing the phone with it’s own Facebook social networking flare. And with the addition Li Ka-Shing added into the mix, who also happens to be a large investor in Facebook and has Spotify/INQ relationships, could bring INQ into the hardware build-out. If the the story is true, expect to see something around the holidays in Q4.

UPDATE via Engadget: Update: Facebook wasted no time today shooting the idea down: “The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate,” a spokesperson told Mashable. “Facebook is not building a phone.” The company told the publication that it’s focusing on “deep integration” with existing mobile platforms, but that “building phones is just not what we do.”

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