According to a recent breaking report from Bloomberg, It appears that consumers will in fact be seeing an official HTC- Facebook smartphone. While the social networking giant and the Taiwan-based smartphone company have yet to respond to Bloomberg’s statement, CNET reports that the alleged handset is set to be released during mid-2013 or 3Q13.
Rumors of the two companies’ smartphone have been circulating since 2010, and resurfaced again during 2011 and 2012 (as we covered in an early article). HTC did previously release two facebook-oriented handsets—called HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa, although the two devices were technically just HTC phones with “dedicated Facebook buttons.”
As TrendInsider reported months ago, the social networking pioneer’s alleged partnership with HTC is aimed at creating a smartphone that further utilizes the facebook ecosystem, provides flexible customization options, and takes advantage of a novelty called the Facebook App Center. The partnership is expected to propel the two companies’ statuses as well as to increase their dominance in the mobile industry.
Until further details are revealed, it remains to be seen how just much of the rumored features will show up on the Facebook phone and whether consumers are in fact looking forward to such a device. Interestingly, according to CNET, a 2012 survey of 875 consumers revealed that only 12% are interested in a Facebook oriented-handset.