Mobile device giant Samsung is said to be developing a Facebook competitor for launch early next year, as reported by the Korea Times.
Samsung has grown to be a leading player in the mobile device market for its smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Now it seems to want to extend its reach by entering the social network market early 2013 through the introduction of a service to rival Facebook.
Facebook is a widely popular social networking site that extends the reach of users from their friends to business pages and applications. Current tally of users is more than 900 million and counting. Samsung’s up and coming service aims to compete with Facebook and get a piece of this pie.
A Samsung representative says that the service will be made available to a variety of Internet-enabled devices.
He further explains, “The eventual goal is to expand our social media service across different devices from different companies across different mobile platforms. That includes cameras, televisions, and blue-ray players.”
Known internally through code name “Samsung Facebook,” the social networking service is planned for integration with Amazon’s cloud computing platform. This will allow users access to the service at any time, from anywhere and from any device.
The final product is set to launch in the first quarter of 2013, and is building on Samsung’s existing social networking service called “Family Story”, which already allows users to share pictures and messages between connected devices such as TVs and tablets.