Jan 26 AT 9:24 AM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Is HTC working on a pair of Facebook phones for MWC?

Despite company CEO Mark Zuckerberg flat out denying it, rumors of a Facebook phone will simply not die. Last year TechCrunch was certain that Facebook was secretly building a phone and this time London daily business newspaper City A.M. is back with a new report that includes even more juicy details. City A.M. is one of the few sites that broke the news on the Nexus S, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume their contacts are correct again.

According to unnamed sources, Facebook has selected HTC to produce a pair of phones that include the Facebook branding and colors, which will be revealed at Mobile World Congress next month. One phone will feature a touch-only slate design and the other will pack a physical QWERTY keyboard. The devices will run a tweaked version of Android that incorporates all of Facebook’s services including messages, chat, and the ability to call your friends.

Two high-level Facebook employees, Joe Hewitt (who worked on the Firefox web browser) and Matthew Papakipos (a leading member of the Google Chrome browser team), are said to be leading the project. We also believe that Erick Tseng, the former Google product manager who worked on the Nexus One, is also involved with the project. Mr. Tseng has close ties to HTC, so it makes sense that Facebook might have chosen them to produce a phone.

Facebook CTO Bret Taylor recently told an audience of developers that “Mobile is our primary focus for our platform this year.” Facebook keeps publicly saying that their goal is on pushing HTML5 standards for the mobile web, but at this point I see no reason for them not to make a phone.

All of the details in the City A.M. report might not come true, but I believe there is some truth behind the report. Do you think it would be wise for Facebook to try and launch their own branded devices?

Via: Xataka

Source: City A.M.

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  • http://Website James

    I would want to know what os it will be running. If its HTC then we are looking android or wm7 if it is android then why nit sort the issues the android app has before hand?

    I would prefer them to fix what’s broke rather than investing in more broken things.

  • http://Website Black Kristos

    Seriously, FB cannot even sort out the issues they have with either the Android app or the mobile website. Why would they consider creating a set of branded phones? I’m calling bullshit.

  • ayocuz

    Why does it look like a nexus one

    • http://Website Greg

      Don’t believe everything you see, dumbass.

  • http://Website captain obvious

    maybe because its not the actual phone and just an artist rendering

  • chief113

    Facebook is stupid.

  • http://Website Steffen

    I can’t think of one good reason why they would make a phone. Android already has pretty good facebook integration. The facebook app could still use quite a bit of work but if they made a phone based on Android I don’t see the advantage. Zuck said at that conference that there goal was to spread facebook to as many platforms as possible and that them selling a phone doesn’t make sense.
    Normally when a company tries to deny a product that is real, they kind of just deflect. Zuck said flat out it was just a bad idea that wasn’t going to happen.

  • http://Website Mark

    With this Facebook “phone”, you won’t make calls, you’ll be forced to write on their walls.

  • http://Website Richard

    At least I will give facebook credit for picking the best with HTC they knew better….. Too bad the NEXUS S WAS not made by htc this time they just want to let all manufacturers live

  • http://www.hotfrog.com/Companies/Atlanta-Roofing-Resources Atlanta Roofing

    Personally, I wouldn’t buy a Facebook phone but I would be interested to see how it would work because as far as I’m concerned, Facebook sucks on all mobile platforms. Yes….. iOS included.

  • Lotty

    I would absolutely love a Facebook phone! Then I could play my Strategy Game Facebook whenever I wanted! :)