HTC to add some colour in the lives of FB-addicts round the world; new FB smartphone to come next year


Are you a Facebook addict? And you also happen to be a gadget freak with a penchant for new smartphones? The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Pick up your smartphone, check for Facebook notifications, spend next thirty minutes in your bed, under your quilt, going through all the new notifications and commenting on them. And in very rare cases, when there are no notifications, put up a new status, go through some app, play some Farmville before performing the routine mundane chores. If you are anything like this, here is a good news for you. All the chinese whispers related to the fact that the social networking giant is working on a personal smartphone gathered some momentum when Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with HTC to manufacture a FB smartphone. The news is sure to act as the ultimate crack for those who are addicted to the social networking portal. If this phone does witness the daylight someday, no drug could possibly surpass it to bring the ultimate rush to the FB-addicts.

HTC, a Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, famous for the unibody design of its smartphones and even more famous for its amazingly beautiful Sense UI is not new to Facebook phones. The company introduced HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha in 2011 with deep fb integration. However, these two handsets running on android platform failed to create a niche for themselves in the market and enjoyed a very little response from the customers. This did not dampen the spirit of the Taiwanese brand, which apparently will not quit catering to those who eat, sleep and breathe Facebook. In the month of April, 2012 talk of the town was that the handset manufacturer is gearing up to launch a Facebook integrated phone in partnership with the social networking giant itself and now the reports have been confirmed by the sources in the know of development, according to Bloomberg.

As per these sources, both the companies were looking forward to launch the new FB-smartphone by the end of 2012. However, the launch has now been postponed to mid-2013 so that HTC can focus on other more important projects. Cherry on the top for the FB-addicts is that Facebook is rumoured to be developing a personalised operating system for the new phone. While, HTC refused to add further flames to the news; Facebook stated that the company is working with ‘the entire mobile industry’ in order to bring ‘powerful social experiences to more people around the world.’

Further quoting the company statement, “Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. 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 rumors did not suggest any specific OS on which the new FB smartphone will run, however, according to the reports of Bloomberg, it is expected that the Facebook will go the Amazon way to develop a customised software with android at its core. Amazon supplies its device, ‘Kindle’ with a custom-made android-based software and a personal app store to meet the application requirements of the users. Another report from Bloomberg states that the social networking giant has hired couple of individuals, who have served Apple.Inc in the past to work on its mobile projects; android-based smartphone with the looks of iOS anyone?

If you are anything like me or if you fit the description given in the beginning of the article, this news might have got you psyched by now and in all probability you would have already started the countdown to the new FB-smartphone. iPhone 5!! Who gives a damn? New FB phone is on its way and that’s the way am going.


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