Report: HTC to manufacture Facebook smartphone, code-named 'Buffy' and running modified version of Android
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Despite its historically tentative approach to the mobile marketplace, Facebook is about to take the plunge into the world of dedicated smartphones.
According to AllThingsD, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is collaborating with Facebook on a handset that places the world’s most popular social network at its core.
The device, code-named “Buffy” (after the fictional teenage vampire slayer), will run a modified version of Android. Reports say that Google’s mobile OS will be significantly tweaked to integrate Facebook services into the heart of the user experience.Status update
While Facebook declined to comment directly on the news, a spokesperson said, "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 also declined to comment.
Facebook has more than 800 million users worldwide, 350 million of which already use the social network on their mobiles.Fierce Mobile Content