Verifying the Authenticity of the News of Facebook Launching a Smartphone

The tech savvies have been long awaiting a Facebook phone and rumors of one being launched has been in the air. But how long will it remain a chatter? Recently, it was being heard that this social network would be announcing the launch of this phone in a recent press event. The Facebook official had sent out a word for the media people, asking them to “Come See Our New Home on Android”. This declaration was made on the 4th of April. As history goes, whenever Facebook has announced invites like this the result has been never less than something grand has, like the News Feed redesign and Graph Search.

Reports from 9to5Google

As reported by 9to5Google, Facebook had prepared to quite an extent upon an advertising campaign along with HTC, which can be taken as an indication of the social network becoming a partner with HTC. This partnership might be the step towards the development of an hardware for a Smartphone.

Those who have direct access to the information regarding this matter, had conveyed to 9to5Google that advertisement campaign focused on the potential users of the device. It doesn’t focus on software or hardware. The rumored catchphrase for the Smartphone is going to be “more than just an app.”

Reports from TechCrunch

TechCrunch on the other hand states that, sources who are acquainted with the matter are of the opinion that an HTC Smartphone is planned by the social network. This device would run upon a modified Android version and will be using an in-built native Facebook functionality. It can be understood that one device like this would be greatly relied upon the apps like Messenger from Facebook. As a result, the users get to share from different apps easily.

News on the New HTC Myst

In some of the recent news fresh information on an upcoming Myst from HTC were leaked. This news had been at par with the rumors of the Facebook phone. The hardware specifications of the device are stated below,

  1. 5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Processor
  2. 16GB Internal Storage
  3. 1GB RAM

Also, the device might include,

  1. A 4.3-inch display
  2. A 5-megapixel rear camera
  3. A 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera

Flopped Attempts by HTC


The HTC ChaCha

Two Facebook phones were unveiled in the year 2011 by HTC. Through these phones, one could access this social networking site through some dedicated buttons. These two devices were the HTC Salsa and the HTC ChaCha. One single button at the bottom of these phones would take them to the site directly. As a result updating status, uploading photographs, videos or sharing stuffs and checking into places through Facebook had become too easy. Unfortunately, both of the endeavors were big flops.


One would need to understand that though the rumor regarding a Facebook phone has been doing the rounds of market for several years now, still there is no confirmed news about a launch yet. As it has been heard from the Horse’s mouth, i.e. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he is not at all interested in the Phone business.

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