According to the latest documents filed in the USPTO, Facebook has patented a smartphone design!
This won’t be the first time that a smartphone puts the Social Media website front and centre. The HTC First attempted to make Facebook the core of users experience last spring and as expected, it fell flat on its face.
The patent was filed by Facebook earlier in March this year and the documents were published last month. There is a full description of a manufacturing process for a mobile device. Along with this are images that illustrate clearly what is a smartphone.
Previously, HTC collaborated with the company to try to take this step into the market and took full control of the hardware aspect of the gadget. Facebook’s direct interest in its very own hardware device is something completely new.
Before we conclude and assume that there will a Facebook blue phone released any time soon, we need to tense that just because the idea was patented, it does not mean it will materialize soon or ever for that matter. All this move by the Social Media company tells us is that the company may have the idea at the corner of their eye. Whether it really wants to jump on the idea is something yet to be seen.
Source: USPTO (click here for the full patent document!)