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HTC rumored to be building a true Facebook phone

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HTC rumored to be building a true Facebook phone
A new rumor has surfaced that has HTC working closely with social networking giant Facebook on a smartphone that is codenamed Buffy that will feature a modified version of Android making it a true Facebook phone.

Let’s face it; the HTC Status hasn’t been a very successful offering by AT&T. However, the HTC Status is nothing more than a low-end Android device with a blue Facebook button stationed below the keyboard that gives users the ability to post to their account quickly. What HTC and Facebook are believed to be working on now is something much more.

It is possible that the device simply known as Buffy will have a modified version of the Android platform that will make Facebook the front and center attraction. It is not yet clear what kind of visual changes will be made. It is also possible that the blue button will remain somewhere on the device. According to a Facebook spokesperson, they believe that every mobile device is better when it is deeply social.

Until there is more hard evidence regarding HTC and Facebook working closely on a true Facebook phone take this with a grain of salt. There were plenty of rumors about a Facebook phone earlier in the year that was placed on the back burner when the HTC Status hit the shelves. Would a smartphone with a Facebook oriented version of Android interest any of you?

source: All Things D

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posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:30 5

1. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Yes, it does interest me. :)
Every smartphone does have a facebook app, hope htc and fb make something cool.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:59 9

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Why the F**k do we need a "true" Facebook phone. How many people have so little of a life that they base their entire world of Facebook?

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 10:10 4

3. roldefol (Posts: 3071; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Teenagers, I guess. The HTC Status was supposed to fill this role, but it\'s not quite a modern smartphone.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:50 1

10. bluesamg (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


im 14.. i would not get a phone like an htc status.. i have an htc t-bolt.. but I would rather switch to an iphone

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 10:40 4

4. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Good way of advertising HTC smartphones

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:07 1

5. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Not many teenagers can afford all these data plans... who are they really trying to target?

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:45 3

9. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Because teenagers pay for their phones? (for the most part)

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:15 2

6. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


well if it means facebook will improve their android app im all for it, even though i most likely wont get the phone.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:42 3

7. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Hope Facebook has much time to improve our Facebook app on android. Gosh!! that thing cannot even sync birthdays and events to calender, something that even the ever crappy Nokia social app is still doing for me on my Nokia N8

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 14:03

11. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1634; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I get birthdays just fine sooooo

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:51

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


here we go again.....

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 14:42 3

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 920; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


ZOMG! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS PHONE! THAT WAY WHEN I GO OUT AND I'M WITH MY FRIENDS I CAN INSTEAD LOOK AT MY PHONE THE WHOLE TIME AND WONDER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING!! THIS IS AWESOME! NOT TO MENTION THAT EVERYTIME I TAKE A PICTURE I CAN IMMEDIATELY UPLOAD IT TO FACEBOOK AND THEN SIT THERE AND WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO COMMENT OR LIKE IT! AND FINALLY I CAN UPDATE MY STATUS EVERY 5 MINUTES! "I'm brushing my teeth :)" "My toes look funny :P" "I'm boorrreeeddd someone text me ;)"

I wish society wasn't going into the pits with social networking. We need to go back the opposite direction where we use to actually talk to people in real life.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 17:40 2

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


very true. i guess this virtual social networking is screwing out real life.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 18:18

14. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Maybe its the HTC Status 2, this time a better keyboard.

I heard that the UI of this phone is actually gonna resemble....facebook.

Just a rumor.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 18:47

15. Gotchafone (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Kids loved the Status, when I was trying to sell them I would tell the parents that they\'d never have to worry about where their kids were or not knowing what they were doing as long as they were friends with their kids on facebook. But seriously, HTC realizes that these kids are going to grow up and buy phones in the future. Its very important to build brand loyalty early.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:25

16. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


do we need it?....

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