Facebook’s spokespeople may’ve already denied they’re working on a Facebook phone, but the rumours keep on rolling in – particularly about the two employees at the heart of the story (ex-Firefox man Joe Hewitt and ex-Chrome OS chappy Matthew Papakipos).
Silicon Alley Insider mined Joe Hewitt’s Twitter account yesterday, where they discovered someone who really doesn’t like Android or the iPhone. A sample tweet from his feed is “Android tools are horrendous, OS is hideous, but the absence of big brother telling me what to do gives it a slight edge.”
This comes from the man who up until last year was working on Facebook’s web and native apps for iPhone, before he handed the project over to another engineer, citing “Apple’s policies”. He wrote that he was “philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process” and “very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms”.
Papakipos, Facebook’s director of engineering, is cleaner than Hewitt. A couple of negative comments about the Palm Pre and iPhone on his Twitter account, but really, he wasn’t saying much more than what everyone else had already said. His website remains up and running, but that could be because it’s just a resume-based site.
While Hewitt may have some issues with Android, speculation was pointing towards the OS being used for Facebook’s phone, largely helped along because of Facebook’s recent hire of Google Android’s senior product manager Erick Tseng.