Facebook phone rumors shot down once again

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: January 27, 2011

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You know how they say that history repeats itself? The Facebook phone seems to be a perfect example of that. Last year, we heard rumors of the device's existence, but those rumors were promptly shot down by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Yesterday, more speculation popped up, this time with the claim that HTC was working on not one, but two Facebook phones. I bet you can guess what the next part of this story is, and not just because you already read the title. Dan Rose, head of Facebook's business development, has killed the rumors of a Facebook-branded device once again. While Rose didn't deny that HTC may be working on a device that uses Facebook APIs "in an interesting way," when asked whether or not this device would sport Facebook branding, he gave about as straightforward an answer as possible: "No."

So it sounds like HTC may be working on a handset (or line of handsets) that's got some unique Facebook integration, but don't expect it to be several shades of blue or sport any sort of Facebook branding. No surprise there, as I'm not sure that we'll ever see the fabled Facebook phone actually land, but I'll happily accept an HTC device with unique integration with the social network. Perhaps it'll be included in one of the newly-leaked phones that we saw earlier this morning?

Via Reuters (Image via Blogrunner)