Multiple sources have said Facebook intends to release a branded smartphone in the near future. Wednesday, for instance, Bloomberg reported that the social network has teamed up with HTC to build a handset that could launch in mid-2013. What’s more, Facebook has hired several people who were closely involved in the development of Apple’s devices.
But despite the mounting evidence for a Facebook phone, the company’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said during an earnings call Thursday that it wouldn’t make sense to produce such a device.
Citing the popularity of Facebook’s app, which is among the most downloaded apps on every platform it’s on, Zuckerberg said there’s no point getting into hardware.