It seems like building your own smartphone is the “in” thing to do these days. Amazon is said to be working on its own handset, as are Facebook and Mozilla. And now apparently Beats Electronics is too.

If you’re not familiar with Beats, you should probably get out more. It’s been leading the high-end headphone market for a couple years. And now it’s reportedly looking to duplicate that success in cell phones…

BGR, who has been fairly accurate with tech intel as of late, reports:

“BGR has learned that while music is still at the core of Beats, the company is about to make some aggressive expansions into categories currently dominated by consumer electronics giants… …Beats is ready to make its own smartphone.

We have learned from a trusted source that while HTC will manufacture the handset, there will be no HTC branding on this device and it will run Android with a custom UI designed exclusively for Beats smartphones. This “will be a truly Beats phone,” our source said.”

And it’s not stopping at handsets, the site continues. Beats is also said to be looking to get into the TV business, partnering with a major player like Samsung to utilize an AirPlay-like feature called Beats Connect.

Perhaps most interesting though, is that, according to the report, the headphone-maker is planning to launch an iTunes competitor. Codenamed Daisy, the service is said to be a subscription-based model with a focus on music streaming. And with Beats frontman Dr. Dre’s long line of contacts in the music business, the company should have no problem getting record labels on board.

While we’re obviously dismissing this as a rumor at this time, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least bit if a Beats smartphone materialized. The company has one of the most valuable and recognizable brands in the world, and could stand to do a lot more with it than continue to build headphones.

The question is, would people buy it? What do you think?

  • how much are these gonna cost if they come out? probably as much as beats themselves. 😛 haha

  • Shadowlink

    Omg beats are overpriced garbage and people would buy it because it has “beats by dre” thats why

    • I am a borderline “audiophile” and anyone that knows anything about music and sound knows that Beats headphones are garbage. Just because all your favorite athletes and celebs wear them (mostly all gotten for free by someone along the line), doesn’t make them good headphones! Now if Sennheiser decided to make a smartphone, they’d have my attention!

  • Dan

    Great, so now you get to have a crappy phone that matches with your crappy headset. Pretentious garbage.

    • Heatfan316

      Typical sheep acting like an arrogant snob, but considering the fact that you have the brain activity of a Neanderthal, nobody give a rat’s ass about your opinion. By the way your girl is fugly, she’s a booger 😀

      • Dan

        U mad bro? I tried the headset and they suck, apple earphones do too. I am not a apple fanboy (might even switch to samsung in the fall) so you can shove that comment you know where 😉

      • Someone got butt fcked by his daddy and is angry hahaha

      • Heatfan316

        Hey El Dildo does mommy still wipe your backside for you or did you graduate to wiping your own Hiney and pull ups because your a big kid now 😀 haha

  • this is so dumb. i will unfriend anyone i know who buys it. both on facebook and in real life!

    • Heatfan316

      What the hell are you talking about, you probably don’t have any friends, more dirvel spouted out of the dirty unwiped man-pussy of an ibot freak.

  • Are their phone’s speakers going to be as muffled as their headphones?

  • JerseyD

    I know one demographic that will buy it.

    • Dan


  • It’s great marketing…Dre only made 100 mil from beats last year. No wonder he isn’t spitting out new tunes, I won’t either.

  • Will the handset make those headphones sound decent? I doubt so…

  • Wow, it’s so Samsung style, Android with custom ‘Beats by dr.dre ‘ UI… If they are starting to create a phone, why in hell are they not designing their own OS, perfect it as they want it to be! I just don’t get it, Apple and Microsoft does it good, why can’t they? Money is unlimited basically, just hire people who has the knowledge…

  • WatchTheThrone

    Dr.Dre needs to put out that Detox album instead of making phones!! But hey if I was making hundreds of millions of dollars I’d ignore the music too lol

  • SimonReidy

    Is this true, and his headphones are anything to go by, it’ll be way overpriced and all you’ll be getting is another mid range Android handset with a horrible Dr Dre skin (which means slow OS updates) plus tacky live wallpapers and splash screens (and beats earbuds which are overpriced, and way over-rated).

    I’ll stick with Apple and my Sennheiser buds thanks.

  • and i will never ever buy it

  • Why would anyone buy a Beats phone? Beats are overpriced and overhyped nowadays… Sony or Audio-Technica or even Koss have amazing headphones for half the price of the Beats. I think that’s exactly how it’s gonna go with the Beats phone; a mid-range Android phone for a ridiculous price.

    To any haters, yes, Beats by Dre suck. And even though I still own an iPhone, I must admit that Jelly Bean looks pretty darn good… I’m actually thinking about switching to Android since iOS 6 is basically still iOS 5 with some minor UI changes and a few new, not really important functions…

  • I guess the ghetto kids need servicing too. By the way who the fuck is dr. Dre?

    • SimonReidy

      Careful dude, he wouldn’t Iike to hear that you haven’t heard of him. The former member of N.W.A. might come around and pop a cap in ya ass 😉

  • Heatfan316

    I’m curious why do you guys hate beats by Dr. Dre so much it’s just music?

    • SimonReidy

      Because all Dr Dre Beats Audio is, is a basic equalizer that pumps up the bass and makes the music sound like its got more oomph. The truth is you can do nearly the same thing with the various equalizer settings on your iPhone or by using the free SRS Audio processing app.

      As for the headphones, I’ve heard worse, but for the price they are a disgrace. You are literally paying 3 x what they are actually worth just for the Dr Dre branding. The reality is you can get a set of much higher quality earbuds or headphones for half the price from a quality manafacturer like Senheisser.

      Beats = giant marketing rip-off.

    • heywood_g

      I’m curious why you like the taste of Dr. Dre’s cack n’ ballz?