The Facebook Phone

The Facebook Phone: A Facebook smartphone concept on Yanko Design — and created by designer Michal Bonikowski — gives us a look into what the device could potentially look like. Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday in the company’s first-ever earnings call that “it wouldn’t really make much sense” for the social networking monolith to build its own smartphone. A “Facebook phone” has been rumored for sometime, however — and many analysts regard its appearance as a matter of when, not if. So what’s the evidence that a mobile device based entirely around the social network is on its way? Back in November of last year, the scuttlebutt originally reported by All Things D was that Facebook and HTC were working together to develop a phone codenamed “Buffy” that would hit store shelves in 12 to 18 months — as soon as this coming fall. Buffy was said to run on a modified version of Android, tweaked heavily to revolve more prominently around Facebook and HTML5 support. Then The New York Times reported this May that Facebook had hired “more than a half dozen” former Apple engineers who had previously worked on the iPhone or iPad to help build hardware for a Facebook phone. Finally, a Bloomberg report earlier this month reiterated much of what ATD reported in November, but pegged the mysterious “Facebook phone” launch to mid-2013. The anticipation has grown so great that some designers have already began mocking up Facebook phone concepts (see gallery below). from: http://mashable.com/2012/07/26/facebook-phone-evidence/#676571-The-Facebook-Phone
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