Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference yesterday, where he was interviewed by well-known technology journalist Michael Arrington.
The interview covered everything from Facebook’s IPO and its stock price, to advertising and future strategy. Facebook’s plans for mobile were also discussed at length, and one particularly persistent rumour raised its head – the Facebook phone.
“No,” said Zuckerberg in reply to a direct question concerning the mythical device, “[a Facebook phone] just doesn’t make any sense for us”. Rather than produce a phone, it’s the mobile web, iOS and Android that are the key mobile strategies for Facebook, and the site will continue to integrate with them. But despite Arrington’s repeated questions, there doesn’t seem to be an actual, dedicated Facebook device in the works.
Leading on from this, Zuckerberg also talked about Facebook’s mobile apps, saying that they’ve moved away from HTML5 and will be concentrating on “native” apps. The iOS app has already seen considerable improvements, and a brand-new Android app will be coming soon too.
He estimated that mobile users are twice as likely to visit Facebook more than six times a week, when compared to desktop users, plus they spend more time on the site once they’re there too.
Finally, he commented on the Instagram acquisition, saying that it was a strategic decision to join forces, as it would allow them to “execute features” quicker than it would if they remained separate entities. It was also revealed that Instagram now has more than 100 million users.
So, if you’re holding out for a Facebook phone, it seems your patience won’t be rewarded in the near future.