HTC Working on First Facebook Phone – Buffy

It’s been quite long that we are hearing rumors about what most of them referred to as Facebook Phone. The idea is to offer a device with deep Facebook integration. The recent reports now give us a hint that it will soon become a reality.

For a long time, we have had a suspicion that HTC would most probably the manufacturer of Facebook Phone and this has been confirmed by an online blog AllThingsD stating the device will hit the market within 12 to 18 months. The phone is said to be heavily modified Android device with support for several HTML5 apps.

Both Facebook and HTC didn’t comment about the device, but a spokesperson from Facebook did say that:

“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 is the major name that has been surfaced every now and then as a manufacturer of Facebook phone which is nicked name as Buffy for now. However, Samsung can be another potential manufacturer for the device.

Facebook currently showing off a massive user base (active users) of nearly one billion, i.e. one sixth of the world’s men, women and children, the platform does have a huge potential to make its way into the highly-competitive smartphone market.

The Facebook Phone can really become a hit only if social networking giant will be able to convince consumes that sociability is vital smartphone element and if HTC can really launch the device, then we can expect to have a different smartphone market scenario with Android and iOS.

The discussion about Facebook Phone certainly makes sense when we took it in the background of Apple offering deep integration of Twitter into its mobile OS. Facebook needs to try its luck in the mobile market as well to keep its popularity intact.

Compared to Facebook-focused devices like HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha, the Buffy will be launched with deeper social aspects. Well, so get ready to have another competitor in smarphone market in coming months.

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