According to my not-so-acquainted-fellow-blogger Michael Arrington, TechCrunch has a pretty solid idea that the duo of Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos (get it, HP?) are “secretly working on the project,” who previously worked on things like the Facebook iPhone app and previously involved in a big way with Google’s Chrome OS until June of this year. Facebook is keeping all of this tightly wrapped, even to its own employees, and the price point might be featurephone competition (something like $50 or lower).
What makes this very intriguing is the fact that Android’s lead project manager, Erick Tseng, who was even a spokesperson for the entire Android brand, defected from Google in May to be Facebook’s lead developer of mobile products, thus making this under-wraps project even more interesting, albeit very shady.
On a personal, or more professionally, an editor’s note, this might be the same situation as the Nexus One, where it was “dogfed” to Google employees as their official phone, then released to the public, ands subsequently turned into a dev-only phone. As with everything in technology journalism and blogging, take every you se, hear, and even almost taste, “with a grain of salt”.
Meaning that the whole thing could be real, or a load of —- air.