Earlier this year there were rumors that social networking site Facebook would have its own official handset. Two handsets did become available but were just handsets with a dedicated Facebook buttons instead, but now there are more rumors of a HTC Buffy official Facebook handset is in the works but is a long way off though.
According to AllThingsD Facebook has been thinking of getting into the phone business for a few years now, and has now partnered with HTC to make it happen. The smartphone being made by the Taiwanese company will have Facebook integrated at its core, and is code named Buffy.
The handset will allegedly run on a heavily modified version of Android to integrate Facebook’s services, and will support the HTML 5 platform for applications according to sources. The social networking site has only recently chose HTC to provide the handset after considering another manufacturer.
This will mean the handset is a long way from getting to the market, and possibly won’t see the light of day until at least twelve months time maybe even eighteen. It is thought the handset has changed direction and leadership for the last two years, and is now being led by Facebook CTO, Bret Taylor.
When asked about Buffy a Facebook spokesman declined to comment but did say that the company feels every mobile device is better when it is deeply social. He added “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 have also declined to make a comment on the rumor.
HTC have built handsets that have a dedicated Facebook button with the ChaCha and Salsa that came out earlier this year. Motorola and Inq Mobile have also developed handsets with Facebook buttons as well. But with Buffy this integration of Facebook will be more intensely built into the handset.
Would you purchase a Facebook handset?