Rumors of an Official Facebook Phone (Buffy) Resurrected, HTC Supposedly at the Helm


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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. if this will be 99% cloud based as was rumored almost a year ago it will fail. Cloud based computing is great, but we still dont have 3g everywhere…..if im on a plane/subway, some buildings….or on sprints service (lol i get 21kbps on 3G with sprint FAIL) i cant access any of my content………fail fail fail.

    1. oh yeah did i mention it will FAIL

    2. Correct on the #fail sir, I got like 94kbps down w/ my EVO 4G just last night at home, lol

      1. Ahh, I love my 4G from VZW getting 2.7MB/s on torrents :)

        1. I dislike the power you possess.

        2. My home WiFi has 1.4 MB. Hmm… I think I’m satisfied with that since I have UNLIMITED Wifi. :P

          Every now and then I MAY find a random spot in Who? Stun? that has 1.4MB downloads on Sprint 4G. 

          Curse you and your Verizon that I’m sure is all around Who? Stun?

  2. I thought the HTC chacha was the fscebook phone that lasted about a month before at&t discontinued it.

  3. Who needs a Facebook phone? Facebook works fine on Android and iOS.

  4. How about facebook focus on making a fully functional app first? can you say honeycomb?

  5. do they not realize facebook is dead?

    1. Guess they forgot to check G+. :P

        1. I don’t want to admit it, but that’s so true. No one is on there.

      1. I have G+ and the only people there are bloggers. No body on there. -_-

  6. how about fixing the problem where i get a notification, check it then actually have to go through old posts to comment. instead of being able to reply right there like i used to.

  7. Yes, because the HTC Status/ChaCha did Soooo well……… o_O?

  8. This reminds me of the myspace phone. Myspace died shortly after thy phone came out. So did helix… Hmmm. Is the end near for both helix and facebook?

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