After hearing the first murmurs of a supposed Facebook phone, a device that was supposed to be conjured up by the social networking giant itself, they have declined the existence of any such phone time and time again.
Since then, HTC have made a couple of phones with convenient Facebook buttons on them and custom Facebook integration but they weren’t really the “official” products we were looking for.
Some time has gone by since the launch of those phones and the rumor seems to be awaking from the dead – HTC and Facebook are working together on creating the “Facebook phone.” Its name will reportedly be “Buffy,” though we’re sure this is little more than a codename at this point, if true.
“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social,” a Facebook spokesperson told AllThingsD. ”We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.
The device will apparently house a heavily customized version of Android to tightly integrate into Facebook’s services. They’ll also put heavy focus on HTML5 in order for users to enjoy the same web apps and games that they do on the desktop version of Facebook.
AllThingsD apparently has more information regarding this “Facebook phone” as they have teased that this is only the first in a series of posts about the phone this week. Stick with us as we report what they claim to have as they publish it.