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Facebook phone made by HTC might not debut until mid-2013

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Facebook phone made by HTC might not debut until mid-2013
It has been a while since we last had any news about a potential "Facebook" phone or something. In fact, last time we had any word on the matter, albeit in the form of a rumor, was two months ago, when it was said that former Apple employees are being courted by the social network so that they would help with the development of the device.

Thanks to an anonymous source for Bloomberg, however, we are lead to believe that the project for a Facebook branded handset is still underway, even though the announcement of the rumored device seems to have been delayed. It is claimed that the Facebook phone won't be out until the middle of 2013. Previous rumors regarding such a smartphone suggested that it should debut in Q3 of this year. What could have caused the delay? Well, it is said that Facebook has partnered up with HTC on developing the device, and that HTC needs to invest more of its resources into developing its own devices before coming up with the next-gen Facebook phone.

We said next-gen Facebook phone because we've had smartphones targeted at users of the world's most popular social network before. The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, based on Google's Android mobile platform, were released last year with a dedicated Facebook button for quick access to social networking features. They weren't what one would call a smashing hit, however, although neither of them was too bad of a smartphone either. Will HTC's next attempt produce better results? Given the time it will be dedicated to developing a Facebook phone, chances are high of it being a hit rather than a miss, but then again, we will have to try it out first-hand before drawing an ultimate conclusion.

Neither Facebook nor HTC have confirmed the existence of a Facebook-branded mobile phone. It is presumed that if the device exists, it will run a heavily modified version of Android. However, it is rumored that Microsoft really wants to take part in the action as well, meaning that the device might be based on Windows Phone 8, although the possibility of that happening seems less likely right now.

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posted on 25 Jul 2012, 21:51 2

1. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Htc cha cha and salsa were kinda facebook phones but a failure. And

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 23:43

11. Schuler2828 (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


They had a Facebook phone?

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 21:52 1

2. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Htc chacha n salsa were midrange phones so nothing excellent.. But htc should make fb phone with jelly bean that will a hit

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 22:15 6

4. Nick_T (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 May 2011)


By mid-2013, we might already have Android Nutella on the horizon :)

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 22:04

3. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well the longer it takes to get to the market... the better for the marker it will be....If you get what I'm getting at....We don't need gimmiky phones..

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 22:33 2

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


How about Sony make a facebook phone... sony phones always have facebook integrated.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 22:38 2

6. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Hopefully the OS will be WP because Facebook integration on WP is flawless.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 23:02 2

7. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I can't imagine much of a demand for a phone like this.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 23:13

8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i hope of seeing a windows phone that is heavily customize!!

if its an android phone..it might be dub as "just another android"

if its WP people will be shock that microsoft make something that is different..

btw why htc?

random thought, i thought nokia will skin WP too to make them look different from the other WP?

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 23:13 5

9. KingNote (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


I just don't understand why companies insist on manufacturing a Facebook phone #fail...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 23:39

10. Schuler2828 (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Me neither I mean all phones can get the Facebook app...But then again it's marketing Facebook is known by everyone they see a Facebook phone there like whoa cool, it's for people that aren't into technology as much as us and don't care about performance or any of that just the name, Like the iPhone.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 00:41 1

12. KingNote (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


Your absolutely right tho, maybe if they market the correct target audience it can be a success... But, as for me, i'll stick with high-end technology...

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 00:58

14. Schuler2828 (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Agreed

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 00:41 3

13. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The Facebook phone should be called the HTC Drama.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 01:39 3

15. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


...or the HTC suckerberg.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 02:32

16. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


HTC Like. HTC Social.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 02:33 1

17. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Facebook phone: too little too late by the time that gets launched

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 02:55 1

18. jtech (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


What about a Myspace phone?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 03:05

19. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No one uses Myspace.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 12:45 1

20. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Most likely why his comment was sarcastic.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 00:59

21. quakan (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Yeah he didn't get it. Facebook is the new Myspace, but obviously Mxyzptlk didn't get the memo.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 16:27

22. MineralsMate (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Good grief. A FB phone? It's enough that FB takes over some people's desk/laptops, but now their phones, too? I'm happy with a very basic phone, but I'm looking at another basic smartphone: How is the Nokia Lumia 900? I want it with AT&T 4G LTE; is it fast enough? I'm in the beauty industry (ATL) but don't overuse a phone.

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