Buffy The iPhone Slayer

Is Buffy, Facebook's New iPhone & Android  Slayer?


I know I was scheduled to continue with my Internet Defamation & Serial Cyber Stalkers/Bullies this week, but I am tired of thinking about that for now. I will continue the series later this month.

Other News has captured my interest.

Have your heard? 

The newly public company, Facebook is rumored to launch their very own smart phone. It was inevitable that Facebook would enter the smart phone industry.  After the tempestuous initial stock offering, it won't come as a big surprise that Facebook will need to generate as many new sources of revenue as possible. Experts speculate that Facebook cannot survive indefinitely  on income derived from advertising.  Another possible source of income is the possibility of charging membership fees or continuing to offer the basic account membership free of charge, but adding a premium service with all the added bells and whistles with a monthly fee.  Would you pay to have a Facebook account?

With Smart phones dominating the technological industry it actually surprises me that it has taken Mark Zuckerberg this long to recognize the potential and join the nimble, mounting market.

This won't be face book's first attempt to create a smart phone, but this time the story has substance as reported by The New York Times. in their story : Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone.  Their first attempt to launch a smart phone in 2010, was leaked by TechCrunch.  In 2011, another attempt was made, but Buffy never materialized as reported on by Daily Tech.


  Can a software company build their own smart phone?


Why not? They've built everything else. According to the NY Times report, Facebook has joined ranks with Taiwan's HTC Corp. TPE: 2498 to develop the hardware while Facebook will develop the software.   


Facebook says it has 350 Million active mobile users and relationships with 475 global mobile operators. Although it is one of the most popular applications on nearly every phone for which it is available, Zuckerberg is not content watching his monumental social network play a supporting role as a mere app. 

In many cases, Facebook is a free application that can be added by phone owners and used to update their own status, view friends' feeds and upload photos. Some applications that can be purchased for a small fee allow users to upload photos and videos directly from the photo taking app. A variety of other apps offer upgrades and options such as integrating a phone users address book contacts with their Facebook contacts, but none of the current applications give Facebook complete mobile control.

As the fight for mobile control intensifies, Facebook will continue to play a supporting role to the industries two smart phone operating system leaders, Google and Apple.

Facebook is rumored to take center stage with the new open source powered, Buffy smart phone which is reportedly being built by HTC, turning Facebook into a phone rather than just another app offered on a smart phone.  The Buffy is rumored to run on an open source operating system like the Android, making it similar to the Kindle Fire by Amazon.

With many former Apple employees now working for Facebook on the design and creation of the new smart phone, Buffy, it will be interesting to see exactly what the new phone will look like.  The modified Android version is said to look entirely different than any other handsets we are accustomed to seeing.

Would Buffy change or impact Apple's iPhone by entering the smart phone marketplace? Probably not. I have been spending some time comparing the pros and cons of Facebook and Google Plus trying to decide if Google Plus is worth the amount of time I initially devoted to Facebook.  I see Buffy, as just another notch in the plus column for Facebook in the fiercely growing Facebook Vs. Google competition.

 Google. which makes the Android operating system currently has the smart phone edge.

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Will you become a devoted Buffy the Slayer fan? Buffy the Smart phone Slayer fan that is.  I like the name. I suppose I am partial because I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the actress Sarah Michelle Gellar who played Buffy in the television series. 









23 comments:

  1. Hi Melissa .. I love reading the reports on developments of Google+ and Facebook .. personally I hate being tied down into one system or set of systems .. and not having kids, or being a great techie geek .. I can sort of wait patiently ... but phones are changing that's for sure .. 

    Cheers Hilary

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  2. I hadn't heard about the FB phone, but it makes sense, I guess. I'm not a huge FB fan. I could easily live without it. I'm a Google girl all the way!

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  3. I don't have a cell phone or a Facebook account, so I guess I'm safe!

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  4. Also big fan of Sarah Michelle...and I actually have no opinion on this subject one way or another. My wife is the major Facebooker in the fam and she loves her iPhone

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  5. I'd never pay for a FB account. There's too many other sources of social networking these days to choose from. As for the phone, I can't see why it can't work if they do it right.

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  7. Nice piece. Personally I would not pay for Facebook. It is nice for keeping in touch with family and friends, but is not worth a fee.

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    Please join mymoonlog 

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  9. Thanks for your comments, Hilary.  I learn more form my kids about techno gadgets than I do from adults . I don't like one system monopolizing social media. Google plus is actually growing on me, but I don't like feeling like it was forced on me and in a way it was. I was afraid of losing blogger/blogspot. 

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  10. You're back. How's it going? I wish I understood google plus better. I guess I haven't put in the time to understand all that it has to offer.

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  11. It amazes me that someone as popular in the social media groups as you doesn't have a Facebook account. How do you I've without a cell phone Alex? Stupid question, I know, I mean we all grew up without them and did just fine.

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  12. I originally joined Facebook to keep tabs on my kids when they opened their accounts. I enjoyed reconnecting with friends from grade school through college, but I seldom use it anymore . I  also love my iPhone and don't have the need or desire for any other phone.

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  13. I agree with both. Most of the people I have talked to would have a problem if they had to pay to have a Facebook membership.

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  14. I'd be delighted to. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  15. Hello, I found you on Old Kitty's blog.  I definitely wouldn't pay to have a Facebook account, and as for the phone well, I'm happy with the one I have (not great with change).

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  16. How to live in this world and not leave the system dominate
    you?



    http://blogdosultimos.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/como-viver-neste-mundo-como-viver-sem.html



    God Bless You!



    Xoxo



    Claudia

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  17. Hi Melissa!!! Erm... I don't have a smart phone (or any mobile phone for that matter) nor do I facebook! And I only wished Buffy was a little more buffed up like Xena to do all that amazing fighting!  Ahem! LOL!!! But I think the world will be run by microsoft, google and facebook come the next generation, so all is possible! :-) Take care
    x

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  18. ...I grew up rooting on the sultry vamp slayer, as most young men at the time were doing, (and for reasons that have nothing to do with IPhones ;)

    El

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  19. Interesting to see if they can take on i-phone...

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  20. I'm not sure I would even be interested in a Facebook phone. Smart phones are way too much technology for this old Bear.

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  21. No, I would never pay for an FB acount. It's just shit-chat, and waste of time. A major difference between FB and Google, is that Google is actually useful >:)

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  22. Interesting that they're thinking of using HTC.  Nokia considers HTC to be too small, so they've been excluded from the Nokia Lumia, which I own.  

    Just to make this reply less dry, I was looking up and down on your post, wondering what Buffy had to do with the subject.

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