facebookPhone HTC Reportedly Working on Facebook Phone

According to DigiTimes, HTC is working in cooperation with Facebook on a smartphone, to be launched in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest.

According to DigiTimes, HTC is working in cooperation with Facebook on a smartphone, to be launched in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest.

facebookPhone HTC Reportedly Working on Facebook Phone

Such an effort could end up being very lucrative for the social networking website, and it isn't farfetched to suggest that there is a potential market for it either. Last year, rumors made rounds regarding Facebook's "Buffy" smartphone. Although these never transcended rumor status, it was thought to be a viable product.

If the product does in fact launch, the phone could financially be a great support to HTC, which must struggle fiercely to carry on in the competitive market for Android phones.

However, Facebook has repeatedly said that it is not seeking to create a dedicated smartphone. It has also noted that it will not be letting anybody call their handset a "Facebook phone".

But, where “Facebook phones” are concerned, of note is last year's HTC ChaCha, now the HTC Status. With a dedicated Facebook button, and a blue and white color scheme, the Status is a Facebook phone in all but its name.

While there is probably a potential market for such a handset, the idea is still questionable. Any recent smartphone with access to an application store or browser can easily be used with a Facebook application, or with Facebook’s mobile website. Releasing a phone specifically made for using Facebook might be comparable to releasing a blender made specifically for chopping onions.

So, while the device may be marketable, whether or not it is smart remains to be seen

Source: CNET