The word on the street is that Facebook is probably working on its own phone. Not that it creates much surprise, but is certainly a “juicy” development. We can only guess what Facebook has in store for us.
Remember Google’s Project Ara? Doesn’t ring a bell? Well, Google was working on a modular phone, and it recently shut down the project. All of you who thought that was the last we’d heard of it, can think again. There are indications that the project might still be alive – at Facebook. Of course this is all rather top secret, but people in the valley have been talking.
Apparently, Facebook has brought in at least 3 Project Ara employees to all work together on a project called Building 8. According to CNET who first broke the story, Building 8 is “a secretive new division” at the company, and it’s got former Google employees Rafa Camargo, Richard Wooldridge, Blaise Bertrand, working with several other ex-employees of Apple, Amazon, Tesla, and Motorola.
Putting two and two together brings us to wonder what they are working on. And it can only be a phone. Given the makeup of the team, I would guess a modular phone. CNET itself comes to the same conclusion, saying that there are two possibilities: That “it’s mobile” and “may be modular.”
Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about Building 8, and that it would be a related to “augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, connectivity and other important areas.” But its mission statement says something a lot more interesting.
Building 8 brings together world-class experts to develop and ship groundbreaking products at the intersection of hardware, software, and content. We have a clear mandate to ship products at scale. In particular, seemingly impossible products that define new categories that advance Facebook’s mission of connecting the world.
Now, if that doesn’t sound like some weird hybrid device, then I don’t know what does. What do you think?