Is there a Facebook-Samsung deal in the works?

By , Jun 18, 2013

Samsung Facebook page (what phone)

Is social networking giant Facebook looking for a new deal with South Korean smartphone giant Samsung? Speculation allegedly erupted on that front following a face-to-face meeting between a suit-and-tie Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Samsung President Shin Jong Kyun.

Although officially, the Samsung head would only say the conversation dealt with possible partnerships between the two firms, reports suggested Facebook may be looking to Samsung to bolster its floundering Facebook First on smartphones…

Zuckerberg “discussed potential partnerships with Samsung Electronics Co., according to the head of the South Korean company’s handset division,” Bloomberg reported. That general comment caused some tech news sites – such as TechCrunch – to speculate Facebook is looking to replace the faltering HTC One with Samsung.

HTC One is currently the only handset that comes with Facebook Home preloaded.

Facebook Home essentially uses Android to create a Facebook-like experience for handset owners. Amid rumor AT&T is about to stop selling the HTC One, Zuckerberg “is looking for one more kick at the can with Home,” opines TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington.

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Of course, Facebook Home was conceived as a way to create a Facebook Phone without all the mess of a software company venturing into hardware.

The speculation arrived as the tech media virtually crossed their fingers, hoping Zuckerberg talked to Samsung about a full-blown Facebook Phone, and all the stories such a decision would produce.

All of which reminds us of our frequent warning about such speculation: take with a very large dose of skepticism. It was only Monday that the tech site suggested Facebook was preparing to introduce video to its Instagram service.

A source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app, will begin to let people also take and share short videos,” reported Ingrid Lunden.

This from a Facebook June 20 invitation alluding to work on “big ideas.”

facebook invite

As Christian noted yesterday, TechCrunch earlier this month said Facebook might introduce a reader to replace Google Reader at the same event.

Is Facebook and Samsung cooking up something interesting?

Most certainly.

Does anyone have an inside track on just what was discussed in the meeting between the two companies’ leaders?

No.

The tech press – including ourselves – should be comfortable with saying when we don’t know.

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  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Meh, better not be Facebook home being integrated into Touchwiz…total deal breaker.

    • Dani Hayes

      As Android wasn’t a deal breaker to start with.

  • Maxim∑

    this might seem weird now. But I truly bieleve Samsung is trying to get away from Google/Android. Samsung wants more control. Tizen OS is already starting to become popular in part of Asia

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Sounds like a too stupid move to be true; Facebook doesn’t make their very own mobile OS…they made an alternative launcher for Android.

      • Maxim∑

        fb home has 2.4 stars (19,000 ratings) on google play. I agree it would be stupid to do

      • felixtaf

        And the HTC phone they announced wasnt even selling even with 0.99 pricetag from at&t. They pulled it from their device list within few weeks… Am glad that a struggling company like HTC will be safe now. But Samsung’s fate is in their hand….

  • Patrick

    love it how in the picture everyone wrote an iphone or not a smasung, well done Ifans;)

    • Maxim∑

      thats what they get for advertising soo much. :)

      • Patrick

        true and make commercials that mock apple, well they suck anyway

    • felixtaf

      Looks like a planned attack.. lol

  • felixtaf

    Thank God… Poor HTC will be safe now… Samsung BEWARE!!!

  • Stijn

    It is the htc first ;)

  • Lordthree

    “The tech press – including ourselves – should be comfortable with saying when we don’t know.”

    The tech public – including ourselves – should be comfortable in saying we don’t care.

  • Gorgonphone

    I DONT CARE CAUSE FACEBOOK IS BORING AND SAMSUNG IS LAME

  • pawfyd

    It’s not HTC One! One is the HTC’s flagship. HTC First is that crappy model with Facebook Home preloaded. How could you mix up those two?! I mean HTC One is one of the best phones on the market right now and this is a tech blog…