Facebook Messenger for iPad to be launched alongside smartphone at Jan 15 press event?

January 15th may not be a date set in you diary as an important day (unless either you or family/friend are celebrating a birthday), but it could well be one you’ll remember afterwards. One man who’s certainly aware of its importance is Mark Zuckerburg; CEO and founder of Facebook. The company is set to hold an important press conference, and the details are a little scarce.

According to a new report from TechCrunch, the company could be about to announce the long-rumored “Facebook Phone” and – finally – the Messenger app for iPad. The Messenger app has been available for iPhone and Android for a while now, and iPad users have long bemoaned the lack of a tablet optimized iOS version. This app is almost certainly going to be announced tomorrow. It’s the fabled phone that we’re unsure on. Would Facebook really launch in to the hardware industry that’s already over-saturated? Or could it just be a new open source platform?

TechCrunch‘s MG Siegler notes:

It’s not entirely clear if this will be an actual piece of Facebook branded hardware or if they will simply use hardware from a phone maker to show off some sort of new Facebook OS for mobile. That is to say, it could very well be that the “Facebook Phone” is more about a Facebook OS running on a phone (or a few phones).

So, let’s hope we do get a Messenger app for iPad tomorrow. Personally, I’m moving away from Facebook, so a phone centered around the social network isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But, still, intriguing nonetheless.

What do you think? Do we need a Facebook phone? Is it old news already? Comment below or tweet me: @TiP_Cam

Via: AppAdvice
Source: TechCrunch

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