Other analysts, including Patrick Moorhead with Moor Insights & Strategy, and Jack Gold with J. Gold Associates, said they view talk of a Facebook smartphone as a tired, old rumor that resurfaces every time the company is going to make another announcement.
"In my opinion, it would be a mistake for them to offer a phone," said Gold. "They don't have the ecosystem that an Amazon has for releasing its own devices... How do you make any significant revenues? Will existing users really switch to a Facebook-branded phone? I just can't see Facebook being successful with its own branded devices."
Computerworld Senior Editor Matt Hamblen contributed to this report.
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