Are you on Facebook? Are you constantly checking out your friends' status updates?The new Facebook smartphone may be just the right one for you. People have anticipated Facebook's very own phone for years. Now, rumour has it that it could be launched in 2013. We can hardly wait! What, Facebook is creating its own smart phone? Most probably. It might just be a rumour but an interesting one. And it seems like the social networking giant has hired at least six ex-Apple (The company that makes iPhones and iPADs) engineers to help build it. To date, there are about 900 million people on Facebook. Of this number, 500 million use smartphones to access the site. That's more than half the mobile users on Facebook! Could this large number translate to the number of potential Facebook phone users? What’s “app”, Facebook? Apps are 'applications' that run on Facebook (Yes pretty similar to those on the iPhone and iPad and other smart phones). So Facebook has apps built by programmers that you can play on Facebook (Super wall, 'poking' someone, birthday reminders can all be done through apps on Facebook). And early this month, Facebook announced an upcoming launch of its very own App Centre. Hmmm... It seems like several more Facebook-based applications are in the works. © Burbn, Inc. / Instagram You might have heard of used Instagram If you take photos from your phone and have Instagram installed on your phone, Instagram can make your photos more interesting by 'decorating' the photos so they look better. So Instagram is an 'app' that you use on the phone.
And guess what? Facebook bought the app for US$1 billion last month! (Quick - how many zeros in a billion?) Then, they bought another photo-sharing app, Lightbox. Actually, just recently, Facebook also bought another photo based company called Face.com And Last month, Facebook also released its own photo app called Facebook Camera.Using this app, you can shoot pictures and add effects. Then, you can tag them and easily upload them onto Facebook and share with friends. Glancee has joined the Facebook family too. This app finds other smart phone users around you, using GPS. It also uses data from the social network's profiles to find users with similar interests.