Samsung allegedly turns down Facebook phone opportunity

The company has already done a Google Edition of its Samsung Galaxy S4 (pictured above), so why not a Facebook version? On paper, it doesn't sound a bad idea, but it seems Samsung still needs convincing.

According to the Korea Herald, Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung executives to ask Samsung to manufacture a 'Facebook-friendly' phone. 'Facebook has every intention of becoming the second Google, and with that intent in mind, Zuckerberg is said to have asked Samsung to step up cooperation by launching a phone with a Facebook interface,' said one insider.

But Samsung watchers say Samsung is unlikely to be keen, as there is 'no symbolic or monetary significance' in doing a deal. Or in other words, it isn't worth their while.

'Samsung doesn’t want to help nurture a second Google, which is now becoming a formidable rival for Samsung in the handset business,' one of those insiders said. It was also indicated that Samsung doesn't see Facebook as having a 'premium' image, the kind of image Samsung is said to be keen to develop worldwide.

The report also adds that Zuckerberg did not meet with Koo Bon-joon, the head of LG Electronics, during his trip, unlike Google’s cofounder Larry Page. He visited Korea earlier this year, he met with the heads of both Samsung and LG. From that, we can second guess a Facebook phone isn't coming from LG either.

Source: Korea Herald

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