A few days back the rumor that Facebook is making a phone surfaced again. The rumor about a Facebook phone phone was first started by TechCrunch last year, but Facebook shot it down. Yesterday again the rumor surfaced again. It claims that Facebook is launching two new phones with a modified version of Android with Facebook very deeply integrated.
Yet again, Facebook has denied the rumor. Dan Rose, head of business development at Facebook, has told Reuters that Facebook is not building a phone.
This is what he said:
The rumours around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown. This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programming interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way.
So, we may not see the Facebook branded phone as was rumored. But there is still something interesting.
….. taken our public APIs (application programming interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way.
So, although not officially Facebook branded, it looks like HTC is making the rumored phone on its own.
Does a Facebook phone appeal to you? Would you prefer a phone with Facebook integration at its core over one with Google integration?