Rumors of a Tesla phone have persisted for some time, but that’s all they’ve been. However, for the first time, Musk admitted on Twitter that he would consider creating a competitor to Apple and Android devices if the companies take action against his newly acquired social media platform.
Musk has made some controversial changes since his deal to buy Twitter went through, leading some advertisers to view the platform as a high-risk place to advertise. More recently, he shared his plans carry out mass amnesty for accounts suspended following the result of a Twitter survey. He conducted a similar survey of his followers before confirming that the platform would reinstate former President Donald Trump.
Musk’s “free speech absolutist” stance may lead Twitter to violate the guidelines of the respective app markets. This chaotic strategy for running the platform has led some to question whether Apple or Google would launch Twitter from their respective app markets. There’s no sign that the mobile giants actually considered making this move, but that didn’t stop Elon from responding to a tweet saying that if there’s no other option, he he would make his own phone. This is also not the first time he has spoken negatively about companies, as he complained about his own high rates.
A “Tesla Pi phone” has long been a vague and unsubstantiated rumor, but it looks like Musk’s acquisition of Twitter may be the thing to finally push the founder into creating a mobile device.
Of course, the device is just a hint of an idea today and is unlikely to succeed.
Even if Apple and Google took simultaneous and decisive action against Twitter as a platform, the social media giant could still release an APK for users to download on Android outside of the Google Play Store. It’s a bit trickier to install non-App Store apps on iOS, but it’s possible, and installing a custom profile is a much lower barrier to entry than switching phones entirely. It’s not like you can’t access Twitter through your phone’s browser, either—no native app required.
Would you consider switching the duopoly of Apple and Google for a phone created by Musk? And if this phone ever happens, what would you call it? Let us know in the comments.
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