By Jonathan Charles | Jun 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT
Reports Thursday, June 14, suggested Samsung was working on a Facebook rival for its devices. The company has since said the rumors are simply not true.
The original report in The Korea Times said Samsung is expected to launch the social network in 2013, to hopefully "compete with Facebook" and will be accessible on Internet-connected devices from televisions to cameras.
Speaking to Samsung officials, The Korea Times added a social network has always been the company's main focus despite a promising cross-platform instant messaging service called ChatOn.
No name has been decided for the service, but Samsung is planning to integrate it into Amazon's cloud service. Internally, "Samsung Facebook" is the code name.
"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 blu-ray players," the official speaking to The Korea Times said.
Since the report, Samsung publicly said the rumor is "groundless."
"It is true that we currently are working on upgrading 'Family Story' as we always thrive to provide consumers with enhanced experiences, but this is far from a "Samsung Facebook" as some are claiming it to be," the post outlined. Samsung describes Family Story as a "family-oriented convergence service that focuses on sharing and storing families' special moments." The service is accessible on a limited number of Samsung devices, and would be a framework to build "Samsung Facebook" on if the company is merely bluffing.
Samsung's Galaxy S3 smartphone has also been in the news, as the subject of a potential Apple ruling to insert a ban on the device, which can't begin until June 21 - the same day the device goes on sale. Apple wanted to receive a court order before the device went on sale, but Judge Lucy Koh effectively said her schedule is too busy and therefore the date needs to be rescheduled.
Samsung isn't the first company to be a target of Apple: in the Apple vs Motorola trial, Judge Richard Posner has been frustrated at the lack of information on how much patent infringements have cost.
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