Rumors by Todd Haselton on Wednesday January 26, 2011.
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Rumor has it that HTC could be planning to launch Facebook-branded devices during the Mobile World Congress tradeshow next month. That's a tough pill for me to swallow, not because I don't believe it's possible, but because Mark Zuckerberg specifically said that Facebook isn't working on a device during a conference in November.
"There's been this rumor that Facebook is going to build a phone. What a novel idea, but no," Zuckerberg said. City AM, a UK blog, thinks otherwise. It believes that HTC will launch an official device next month that will run a "tweaked version of Google's Android operating system," that "will prominently display users' Facebook messages and news feed on the home screen." It sounds compelling, but Facebook's native application already offers widgets that do that. CITY AM also misses the mark by referring to HTC as a Korean manufacturer (it's Taiwanese), and failing to recognize that Samsung also makes a Google Nexus smartphone.
I'd like to see a Facebook phone, but I think HTC already does a good enough job tying in Facebook and other social network contacts with its Sense user interface, and I don't think it's something we'll see next month. [via Pocket-Lint]