For months, Facebook has denied working on a branded smartphone of its own. But that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from spinning. And perhaps now we now know why - there's more truth behind those rejected rumors than Facebook wants us to know about.
As reported this morning by our friends at All Things Digital, the social networking giant is now collaborating with Taiwanese manufacturer HTC to build an Android-powered device delivering deep integration of its services."
The smartphone, code-named "Buffy" in honor of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is said to run a heavily modified version of Google's Android OS, and will support HTML5.
As you can probably imagine, Facebook won't confirm the speculation. But here's the intriguing part. Facebook won't deny it either. In fact, the social networking giant has gone one step further by releasing a statement to All Things Digital that seems to all but certainly confirm some degree of validity behind this rumor: "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."
Source: All Things Digital