Facebook, HTC build Android smartphone

2011-11-23 08:58

San Francisco - Facebook has allied with Taiwan's HTC to build a customised smartphone powered by Google's Android mobile operating system, according to technology blog All Things Digital.

The project, code named "Buffy", is aimed at making a handset tailored for the California-based social networking platform, according to the blog, which is owned by Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

The device would "deeply integrate" Facebook, which has more than 800 million members, "at the core of its being", All Things Digital said.

A Facebook team has been working with HTC as well as trying to make deals with telecom providers for the smartphone, which it hopes to release within the next 18 months, the blog said.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment directly on the "Buffy" project to Things Digital but said: "Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social.

"We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world," the spokesperson said.

HTC already builds phones with dedicated Facebook programmess.

  • gerhard.nel - 2011-11-23 09:15

    How much better will it really be than the official Android app or Friend Caster (A third Party Facebook App)? I don't think a "Facebook" phone will be a reason to buy the phone. You can pretty much do everything with the current Android apps out there and surely the same applies for the Iphone?

      PatPion - 2011-11-23 10:22

      My thought exactly.

  • stevemoss4 - 2011-12-07 09:23

    SONY already has "facebook inside Xperia" how much more different is HTC going to make theirs? besides for the stupid dedicated FB button.

  • Werner - 2012-01-09 14:45

    Don't get the use for such a phone. But I hate to admit it - it might just fly off the shelves. Let's be honest, a large chunk of the target market is still learning their multiplication tables.

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