Facebook to launch own-brand mobile with HTC- report

27/01/2011

Mobile phone maker HTC is set to unveil two new Facebook-branded handsets as part of a deal with the social networking site next month, according to a news report. City AM reports that the tie-up will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

The smartphones will be the first to carry Facebook branding and will feature aspects of the social networking site - including friends' status updates and messages - on the handset's homescreen. Contacts will also be synched to the user's Facebook account. HTC handsets already come with an built-in app called Frend Stream that condenses updates from a user's social media pages onto a single page.

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The new phones will apparently run a tweaked version of Google's Android OS, and senior developers at Facebook are said to be working on the project.

Last year there were claims that Facebook was building its own range of handsets and developing an operating system of its own.

The company scotched those rumours but did reveal that it was pursuing several different mobile-based projects that included "deeper integrations with some manufacturers".

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