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HTC Facebook Phone Plans Denied

Rumours of an HTC phone carrying Facebook branding have been denied by the social network.

Smartphone HTC maker had been rumoured to be partnering with Facebook to launch two new smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona.

In a report, originally published by City A.M, it was said that the companies would produce two high-end smartphones, powered by a variation of the Android mobile phone OS, which would allow users to view their Facebook News Feed on their home screens.

City A.M, had also claimed that Facebook's Joe Hewitt, who has previously worked on Firefox, and Matthew Papakipos, who has worked on Chrome, would be behind the launch of the rumoured Facebook phone.

Reuters later reported that the social network was not planning any such branding arrangement with HTC.

Dan Rose, Facebook's head of business development said in London today: "This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way."

He added: "The rumours around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown."

When asked if such a phone would be Facebook branded he simply answered: "No."