Welcome to this edition of Mobile Monday Madness! We wrap-up the latest mobile news so you can get on with your Monday. Today, we’re taking a look at the squashed rumor that was the Facebook phone as well as the latest comScore data that shows us how the top mobile platforms are doing as far as competition.
Just yesterday, we reported on a rumor that Facebook could possibly be building a phone of some sort, and the reasoning behind the rumor was that Facebook wanted to completely control the mobile experience for Facebook. They wanted to control the contact list, the interface and especially how the phone interacts with Facebook. However, today, Facebook has denied any rumors of a Facebook phone to Mashable.
Facebook’s statement reads:
“The story, which originated in Techcrunch, is not accurate.Facebook is not building a phone. Our approach has always been to make phones and apps more social. Current projects include include everything from an HTML5 version of the site to apps on major platforms to full Connect support with SDKs to deeper integrations with some manufacturers. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this. For an example, check out Connect for iPhone and the integration we have with contact syncing through our iPhone app. Another example is the INQ1 phone with Facebook integration (the first so-called ‘Facebook Phone’). The people mentioned in the story are working on these projects. The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a ‘Facebook Phone’ because that’s such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.”
So, while it appears that a Facebook Phone, as it were, is not happening we can still look forward to phones being more social with the help of Facebook.
The latest comScore data shows how the marketshare of the different mobile devices has changed over the past three months. This current data shows how the market was affected during April, May and June. Considering the iPhone 4 did not release until late June, it’s difficult to determine if it had much effect on this chart.
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit we can gather is that Google has now surpassed Microsoft in mobile marketshare. That was inevitable considering the popularity of Android and the number of handsets, but also the declining use of Windows Mobile. Will Windows Phone 7 be able to turn the tide? We’ll have to wait and see, but we’d love to hear what you think in the comments section below.
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