Facebook "phone"" may be coming"
Facebook recently crossed 2 billion monthly users and continuing the ruler among the social media platforms. The social media giant is exploring many other fields to entertain the users and can be seen by its actions. A month back the company revealed its new app project based on group video chat named Bonfire to its employees. These actions show the Facebook don't want to leave anything that can make the users more addictive to its services.
Recent Facebook has filed a patient which includes that the company is exploring a modular device rather s smartphone. This device comprises a speaker, microphone, a GPS along with the touch screen which ultimately shows that the divorce can use a smartphone.
Modular devices are the gadgets that let the user swap the hardware components of the device in order to enhance the functionalities. This technology aims to replace the component of the device with better one instead of getting a newly updated device.
This is not the first time a company is going for the modular smartphone, Google has also started a well-known project, Ara. The project got delayed and unstable due to some reasons and finally dropped in 2016. Coincidentally many of the member of the Ara project currently working for the Facebook. The patent filed last year looked almost same as the one Google was working. The most successful modular smartphone was built by the LG model named G5 which has modular battery packs, cameras, and Hi-Fi systems. This made the LG the first smartphone manufacturer to build a modular mobile.
Facebook filed almost thousands of patent every year but fear got successfully converted into a functional object. This is not the first time Facebook is working on a smartphone earlier in 2013 the company teamed up with HTC to launch HTC first, developing the Facebook Home.
However the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is not going to enter in the smartphone manufacturing on the event of Facebook Home launch by saying that “If we did build a phone, we’d only reach one or two per cent of our users. That doesn’t do anything awesome for us,".
Apple is also quietly exploring the modular devices. A patent filed in the March by the Apple reveals that the company is thinking about a device that could combine an iPhone into a MacBook body, embedding the phone into the keyboard of the laptop.