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Facebook smartphone coming in mid-2013
Facebook teams up with HTC
According to Bloomberg, it appears that Facebook allowed HTC to push back plans for a Facebook smartphone based on Facebook-made operating system as they are now aiming for a mid-2013 launch.
The rumour about HTC and Facebook collaboration has been around for quite some time and earlier rumours put the launch date as early as Q3 2012. Apparently, the plans have been pushed back as Facebook simply gave HTC more time to be able to work on other devices. HTC is definitely the logical choice as Facebook and HTC already did some work together on HTC's ChaCha and Salsa smartphones that featured dedicated Facebook button.
Of course, a new operating system that is optimized for Facebook is a totally different story as they would need to convince smartphone users that their OS is much better than current platforms, which also feature access to the Facebook.