Facebook Partners With Cell Phone Maker HTC to Develop Smartphone (Report)

7:23 PM PST 11/21/2011 by THR staff
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The device, code-named "Buffy," is said to be 12-18 months away from becoming available to consumers and would run on its own version of Google's Android.

Facebook is looking to enter the cell phone business.

The social networking site has partnered with Taiwan-based mobile phone maker HTC to build a smartphone that would run on its own version of Goodle's Android, All Things D reported.

The phone -- code-named "Buffy," after the 1997-2003 TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar -- also would support HTML5 as a platform for applications.

The device is said to be 12-18 months away from becoming available to consumers.

According to AllThingsD, the phone marks a "significant shift" for Facebook, whose mobile initiatives thus far have been centered on "light collaborations with hardware makers looking to create more socially oriented phones."

A Facebook spokesman refused to comment on the phone but did give a statement on the company's mobile strategy.

 “We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social," the spokesman said. "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 had no comment.

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