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Facebook to launch own mobile phone, codenamed Buffy

Technology news and analysis website All Things D (opens in new tab) has published details that Facebook (opens in new tab) is working on a mobile phone, in collaboration with HTC (opens in new tab) who has codenamed the handset Buffy.

All Things D has noted (opens in new tab): ‘Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being.’

‘Code-named “Buffy,” after the television vampire slayer, the phone is planned to run on a modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a platform for applications, according to sources familiar with the project.’, reports the website.

Whilst adding – ‘Facebook only recently chose HTC, after also considering at least one other potential hardware partner — Korea’s Samsung. That means the products themselves are still a ways from hitting the market, potentially as long as 12 to 18 months.’

‘A spokesman for Facebook declined to comment on Buffy directly, but told AllThingsD: “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.” HTC also declined to comment.’ – concluded the site.

HTC does seem the obvious manufacturer for such a mobile phone, with an already proven history in working with the social networking giant.

Facebook integrated mobile phones are not a new concept to the High Tech Computer Corperation, who produced two devices with a dedicated Facebook button this year alone – in the HTC full touch screen Salsa and the Qwerty keyboard based handset, Cha Cha.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.