Today’s rumor comes from a notably unreliable source, so take it with a pound of salt.
Digitimes is reporting this morning that Facebook and HTC are jointly working on a Facebook phone, to be released Q3 2012 at the earliest. While HTC has released the ChaCha and Salsa headsets, “Facebook” phones with a dedicated Facebook button, the current collaboration will likely result in a more deeply integrated product. Digitimes suggests that the device will have a platform exclusive to Facebook, which will grant HTC full access to the suite of Facebook functions.
While Android and Me readers tend to groan whenever we mention Facebook, the fact that Facebook has over 900 million worldwide users suggests that there is certainly a potential market for a Facebook-integrated device. While many of us have embraced the social age with our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and other social media accounts, many more out there solely rely on Facebook for their social networking needs.
If the rumor pans out, we should learn more details about the HTC Facebook phone in coming months. Any readers out there interested in a Facebook phone? What if it had the specs of the HTC One X? Can a true Facebook phone beat out the next Nexus phone, which has just been tipped for Samsung?