The free-software giant’s Android phone, the Sky Phone, is getting a smartphone that can extract the phone numbers of anyone on the internet without a subscription to Facebook or Microsoft.
It’ll be available for Android users to download in September.
Facebook announced the Sky phone on Friday, but it didn’t mention Facebook or its Messenger app in its press release announcing it.
“This is the first time we’ve heard of any developer of this kind and it’s the first commercial device to do this,” Matt Corallo, a partner at technology consulting firm Cloudera, told Ars.
“The ability to take data off the internet is a powerful new tool for data collection, analysis, and monetization.”
Corallo added that he expected a number of other developers would join Facebook’s Sky phone, including the company’s Android-based Skype client.
The company will continue to support its free-phone numbers extractor app for Android, which is still available for free.
The Sky phone will work with existing phones, but users won’t be able to download new devices.
Users won’t have to pay for the Sky service, though.
The developer of the Skyphone, the company called Google-Mousetrap, has been around for about two years, and it says it is building a phone for those who don’t want to buy a phone.
It plans to make it available in the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as in Asia and Australia.
“Sky phone is a phone-extraction service, so it can extract phone numbers from anyone on Facebook and/or Messenger,” Google-mousetraptor developer Mike Smith wrote in a blog post.
“We’ll be making this available in many countries soon, including Australia, United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, and other countries in the Pacific and Asia.”
The Sky Phone will have a 5-inch touchscreen with an LED light bar, a 5 megapixel camera, and Bluetooth 4.0.
It runs a version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The phone is designed to be a good deal, with $35 starting at $100.
The only hardware hardware component that isn’t included in the SkyPhone is the camera, which includes a fingerprint reader and LED indicator.
That’s not the only software feature that the company has built into the phone.
The developers said they plan to include a “chat-bot” that will let users interact with people on the phone, which will also allow them to get phone numbers.
“Users will have to install a custom chat bot on their phone and register it with their Facebook account to get the phone number of their friend,” the developers wrote.
That feature will be supported by the Sky smartphone.
The Google-mobile-phone company has a history of making phones that are cheap, and that makes it a good candidate for a smartphone-extracting device.
But the Sky, like many other Android phones, is likely to be sold as an ad-supported device, meaning that it won’t include a free version of Google’s Android operating system.
The software maker says that Sky phones will run on Android phones with at least $100, and will include a version that’s optimized for those phones.
The free version will include everything the company sells on the market, but the company is also promising a premium version for $100 that will include features such as automatic call detection, a GPS function, and a microphone.
That premium version will come in October.