Face the book phone!
January 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The face of the social networking – facebook has come out to publicly deny that they are developing a “Facebook phone” with the world-renowned South Korean smart phone manufacturer HTC. This has come on the heels of the rumours that have been doing rounds for some months now. The most recent one has also suggested that HTC was developing two high-end smart phones on the Android OS.

However, Dan Rose, Facebook’s head of business development, tried to put to rest the latest speculation. He indicated that HTC were simply utilizing the features of Facebook’s public API’s, and added, “The rumours around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown”

It is everybody’s knowledge that Facebook is trying hard with mobile manufacturers to improve accessibility and usability with Facebook, both normal service and apps. But, there seems to be no official plans for a branded Facebook mobile device, at least for now.

Sceptics point to the case of Google – which remained adamant for years that no Google-branded phone is on the anvil, until shortly before releasing the Nexus. But, the “Facebook phone” is surrounded by too much hype and too little substance.

Facebook still remains on top of the social networking groups. But, as the recent trends have shown, they would be going the wrong path if they do not innovate and keep the user engaged. Will “Facebook phone” be part of this engagement? Watch this space

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