The Mobile World Congress will have many goodies on showcase in Barcelona this year. One company HTC, is reportedly set to launch a pair of new smartphones geared towards Facebook. Facebook is the world’s largest social networking website. More than 500 million people are active users and spend over 700 billion minutes per month on it. This phone will be the first of its kind reaching out to a whole new market. Will people buy into a phone that is primarily geared towards Facebook? There are plenty of solid Facebook applications developed for a variety of phones. HTC’s Facebook phones look to reach a younger generation of people involved with the largest social networking website, which may not bring enough revenue to mass produce these phones. HTC produces great phones which are innovative in thought, but this pair a phones might be heading to the cutting board. Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this phone.
HTC is reportedly set to launch two new Facebook-branded smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month, running modified versions of Android and supporting Facebook voice calls and IMs. According to CityAM‘s unspecified sources, the HTC Facebook phones will use the social network’s color scheme and branding, and push the Facebook news feed – complete with messages – to the smartphones’ homescreen. According to the sources, Facebook team members Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos are primarily responsible for the phone project. However, CTO Bret Taylor has recently insisted that Facebook’s primary focus for 2011 will be mobile, though he did not confirm any specific handset plans.
The news contradicts previous reports which suggested Facebook was working with INQ to turn the Cloud Touch into the official Facebook phone. While neither HTC nor the social network has confirmed the rumors, they do fit in with information SlashGear has previously been given regarding at least one HTC-made, Facebook-branded device which is expected to have a hardware QWERTY keyboard.
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