The world’s largest social network has been rumoured to be building a smartphone and now more details are emerging on what could be called the Facebook Phone. Sources claim that the company has tied-up with HTC to build this phone that could possibly arrive as soon as the middle of the next year. These plans haven’t been made public but the phone was intended to release this year. HTC is now being given more time on product development, hence the push back in the date.
Facebook phone, coming soon?
The number of users accessing Facebook on their mobile phones and smartphones has surpassed those who access it on their computers. This trend gained momentum only over the past couple of years when smartphones featuring a dedicated Facebook app came into the picture. These apps allowed users to easily access the social networking site on-the-go, with all the possible features neatly packed into a user-friendly app. Facebook has made a few attempts already to introduce a social networking-friendly handset in the past and tied up with companies such as HTC to develop and release “Facebook Phone”. Devices such asthe Android-powered HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha didn't quite receive as much success as hoped, and so it was back to the drawing board. The most recent attempt at cashing in on their mobile fame came in the form of the Vodafone Facebook Phone, the Blue 555. The Java-based QWERTY device, although not a smartphone, integrated a great deal of the social network into a simple, yet chic looking handset. Unfortunately, it seemed that its popularity had passed.
Facebook is not publicizing this smartphone project codenamed “Buffy”. Everything is being kept under wraps and it is speculated that Facebook is “going door-to-door to find the right talent for the project”. The news about Project Buffy surfaced last year, when reports came in stating that Facebook was planning to launch a smartphone with social networking at its core, and not merely a handset with a dedicated Facebook button, as found on the HTC ChaCha. Following the acquiring of Instagram, Facebook recently announced the Facebook Camera, which in retrospect, appears to be the brand's attempt at paving the way for a heavily customized camera app for smartphones.
One thing is clear, Facebook isn’t stopping anytime soon; something important is definitely cooking up behind those blue walls and in all probability it could be the next Facebook Phone.
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