George Hotz, popularly known as GeoHot, has now begun working for Facebook, a fact that confirmed by the social networking company itself. Hotz became a household name in the jailbreak community due to the fact that he's the first one to unlock the original iPhone. And after that he worked on jailbreaking the Playstation 3 to which lead to a legal battle with Sony. And since then, we haven't heard much from the famed hacker, until now that is.
George Hotz is said to be working with the social networking behemoth, Facebook since the 9th of May, although the company chose to keep the famed hacker's job description a secret. There are many speculations that he will be taking the helm and lead the company's mobile projects. Hotz is known to be a mobile developer after all. If Facebook is so well adamant about keeping the role of Hotz a secret, one could only conclude that maybe the company is working on secret project.
The news has gone to the media after Craig Fox, organizer of the MyGreatFest conference, made a mention of it during his live video conference. Joshua Hill (P0sixninja) also confirmed this fact because he stated that Hotz got mad at him after he challenged Hotz to find the bootrom exploit to the iPad 2. The latter refused and said that he doesn't want any attention after being sued by Sony and that he's busy with his day job at Facebook.
Also a tweet of Gabe Rivera from TechMeme found Hotz Facebook page confirmed that at the top of his page it says:
is Facebook is really an amazing place to work…first hackathon over.
It was also found out that he started back in may and that he announced the news to his friends on June 17 earlier this month.
It makes perfect sense for Facebook to hire someone like Hotz for developing mobile applications. Facebook is never known to have a competitive edge with regards to mobile development. Many users are complaining about the official Facebook mobile app especially in Android where it is known to exhibit poor performance. And after Mark Zuckerberg commented on how the "iPad isn't mobile" there have been no efforts to port an official app to Apple's tablet. Facebook obviously needs to be pointed in the right direction as far as mobile apps are concerned so Hotz would definitely make a good asset for the company.
Or maybe this has something to do with the rumored Project Spartan of Facebook that we have reported back then? Or maybe the new photo app that was leaked earlier this month? Well unless someone makes an official announcement, we could only form speculations.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback