Within Facebook there is a secret division called Division 8. Division 8 has recently been acquiring some heavy hitters within the technology world. These new Facebook hires are sparking some serious speculation of what this team could be working on. From one of the new employees, who is remaining under-the-radar, he has been indicating that it is mobile and possible modular.
Division 8 was originally thought to be a place were Facebook could prototype an array of new technologies. But, after looking at job postings and their mission statement, it seems that it is more about hardware. From the various postings, it seems that they are hiring heads of sectors within Division 8 that could potentially fall under the categories of industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, device software, applications and services, and more.
That being said, many of the major names that have been hired used to be apart of the team that was creating the modular phone that allowed the user to swap out parts of the phone whenever they pleased. Many believe that this notion could mean that Facebook is kick-starting this idea once more and turning it into a reality.
Source: Hollister, Sean. “Is Facebook secretly building a phone?” Web Blog Post. Cnet,4 November 2016. Web.