Facebook sent out invitations to press Thursday for an Android event to be held at its Menlo Park campus next week.
The event invitation simply invited press to “Come See Our New Home on Android,” with no further description of what’s in store.
Early rumors speculate that the announcement may be the long-rumored “Facebook Phone,” a handset created through a partnership with HTC that would run a modified version of Android with deep Facebook integration.
During an interview late last year, however, CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated that a phone has “always been the wrong strategy” for Facebook, making a “Facebook Phone” announcement, at least in the hardware sense, seem pretty unlikely.
“Let’s say we build a phone,” he said in September. “We’re not, but if we did, we could maybe get 10 to 20 million people to use it … It doesn’t move the needle for us.”
“The strategy we have is different from every other tech company [like Apple] that’s building their own hardware system — we’re going in the opposite direction.”
At the time he indicated that the company wanted to “build a system, which is as deeply as possible integrated into every major device people want to use.”
That system, or a new part of it, may be what we see next Thursday.
What do you think Facebook is announcing next week?