One could really see this coming after hearing about the deal between DropBox and HTC. FaceBook has also tied up with the Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC to come up with a new mobile device which has the social networking giant deeply seeded into its core. Rumours are that FB was also negotiating this deal with Samsung before settling in with HTC.
Though the product is still around 12-18months away from hitting the consumer market, the code-named “buffy” phones are known to run on a customized version of Android with FaceBook tweaked in such a way to integrate deeply into its services.
FaceBook boasts of a staggering 350 million phone users across nearly 500 global mobile service providers and yet it provides only a supporting feature for these applications. Most of these users just use the front end FaceBook app where users will be able to read their news feed or leave a note on a friend’s wall and also in some advanced cases will be able to upload pictures from another picture-app on the phone.
A spokesperson for FaceBook said in an interview “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 one of the phone companies that have built mobile phones with a dedicatedFaceBook button, but with Buffy, it will go a step further to bring friends and social activities into the deeper layers of the mobile interface.
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