Hold on to your seats, here comes... the Facebook phone!

Hold on to your seats, here comes... the Facebook phone!We thought HTC had pretty much put the whole Facebook phone thing to rest last year when the Salsa and ChaCha arrived on the scene complete with their dedicated Facebook buttons and did... well, not very much to be honest.

But no, it seems HTC is a sucker (or Zucker?) for punishment, and the latest rumour hitting our ears via the mobile grapevine is that the company is ready to have another go.

The concept of a Facebook-branded phone has always been an intriguing one – despite the fact that both HTC and INQ Mobile have actually tried – and failed – to get the idea off the ground.

Still, with the social network closing in on the magic billion user milestone, and more than half of those users being mobile-based, it's understandable that the idea won't go away.

Or at least it is until you think about it properly for a few seconds. The very fact that Facebook now has half a billion mobile users is pretty clear evidence that both Facebook itself and the general public thinks any phone can be a Facebook phone. All you need is the phone itself and a Facebook app. Easy.

That's why the Salsa and ChaCha never really took off. As phones they were nothing special, and the whole Facebook hardware button thing felt like a complete gimmick when everyone seemed to be doing perfectly fine with their non-Facebook-buttoned phones already.

But that's just our opinion, and HTC seems to believe differently, with DigiTimes quoting unnamed sources as saying an HTC-made Facephone phone will launch sometime in Q3 using a platform “exclusive to Facebook to enable and integrate all functions available on the social networking site”.

The rationale behind the move appears to be that Facebook is growing and diversifying its investments, and so sees an own-brand smartphone as a natural extension of its development strategy.

Hmmm... wasn't that what people were saying last year? And the year before? And...

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11 comments

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 19:39

Firmly not on my list.

AhmadCentral  Apr. 25, 2012 at 21:44

What if it was running Symbian? :p

Pondlife  Apr. 25, 2012 at 22:06

Hope for HTCs sake that they are letting FB pay for it.

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 22:14

This seems to tie in with the HTC Buffy story from last year. Yes, that's Buffy as in the Vampire Slayer.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 22:24

What if it was running Symbian? :p
No :p

You have no idea how much I hate FB! Illegal-in115-nation hatred!

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 22:30

I still don't get the point in a FB phone when every smartphone OS has at least one dedicated FB app...the idea will just never take off, the market already has FB phones, in the form of the phone they currently use everyday.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:43

I still don't get the point of FB.

evilguy  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:22

"HTC-made Facephone phone will"

what's Facephone???

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 16:49

I still don't get the point of FB.

don't get me started....

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 16:52

I still don't get the point of FB.

don't get me started....

Here we go... *grabs popcorn* :p.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 20:17

I still don't get the point of FB.

don't get me started....

Here we go... *grabs popcorn* :p.


No, as I said elsewhere, when my FB-hate levy breaks, I'll be flushed to jail :p
I really hate FB!

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