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Insider says HTC Facebook phones to launch in Q3

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Insider says HTC Facebook phones to launch in Q3
It has been a while since HTC and Google teamed up to launch the Nexus One. Since then, Samsung has taken over the position of Google's primary production partner and moved into the top spot, pushing HTC out of the way. As it looks to jockey for position back into the spotlight, insiders say HTC is turning toward the powerhouse known as Facebook to create its next blockbuster handset.

Opposed to HTC’s previous Facebook branded devices, the ChaCha and Salsa, this upcoming smartphone is said to have “a platform exclusive to Facebook to enable and integrate all functions available on the social networking site.” The insider also notes that as Facebook looks to expand revenue streams after it goes public, one of its strategies will be to launch its own-brand of smartphone.

As far as when we would actually see this purported device come to market, the source predicts that the earliest this HTC, Facebook marriage would come to fruition is Q3 2012.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:55 4

1. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1361; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

LOL is all that I can say.....Aol, and Yahoo had better get in on this too!

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:08 3

4. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

funny you mention that i kept saying yahoo will probably make an OS

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:06 2

2. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

lol this news is too funny

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:07 4

3. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Looks like they didn't learn their lesson with ChaCha, HTC likes some spanking

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:17 5

5. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)

Wow, another bone head decision by HTC (see Beats audio cost HTC $300 Million) .
I guess HTC really is in sad shape.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:36 3

6. 14545 (Posts: 1680; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

All they would have to do is actually LISTEN to their repeat customers and they would have decent phones. But I guess that is too much to ask for.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:50 4

7. HGMIV (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Because the last HTC Facebook phone performed and sold so well.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:52 6

8. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Oh good, a Facebook phone. Because the Facebook app isn't a big enough pain in the ass. I only have a facebook account because some websites require you to log in via a facebook account. When people try to friend me, if I know them I OK it, but I let them know I don't use Facebook.

But, whenever I log into the app on my phone, even though I've got it set not to sync, as soon as I close it I see birthdays and such pop up on my calendar, I see facebook names in my contacts. I then have to go in, check do not sync again, uncheck facebook from my calendar...

Maybe with a full phone dedicated to facebook, it could cock up every other app on the phone! I'll rush right out and get one!

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 13:12

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posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:29 3

9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Facebook phone again? Haven't they learned their lesson yet???

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 13:24 4

11. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1361; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I just can't imagine a Facebook phone. Google got it right because Google is giving services away for ad based selling that is not intrusive. Google's model is have a search engine on a phone that allows the end user to have turn by turn GPS directions, eliminating Tom Tom or Garmin devices. Google Goggle's, street view, and all of the features that allow users value is my main reason for owning a Android device.

Microsoft has a true operating system that when tied to a hand held device can be very productive, with Xbox Live, and other tie ins will have a place as well.

Apple made it all possible for us to have such devices work the way that they do!

What would a face book phone offer outside of chatting to friends! The last phone they made sucked because it did't offer anything awe inspiring IMHO!

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