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Facebook Home leaked – the HTC Facebook phone spills its guts

Facebook Home leaked – the HTC Facebook phone spills its guts

It's time to check out the Facebook Phone early - a full software build from the device has been leaked and it would appear that HTC is, indeed, onboard. What we're having a look at here is a full APK (application for Android) that will live inside the device code-named HTC Myst. This device has been leaked before, and according to the leak Android Police has secured, (and promises isn't an April Fools joke,) it's set to be a real oddity in the market.

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HTC “Facebook phone” Android software integration tipped

HTC “Facebook phone” Android software integration tipped

When the original Facebook phone was introduced, it was created by HTC, and it certainly didn't do very well on the market. With both the HTC Salsa and the HTC ChaCha having been released and selling so few units that they didn't warrant a follow-up in the many, many quarters that followed, it doesn't seem very logical that the social network and the manufacturer would want to create such an amalgamation again. And it's not as if HTC is swimming in cash at the moment, either.

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Facebook Phone strikes again: HTC Myst leaked

Facebook Phone strikes again: HTC Myst leaked

It's about time we had another suggestion for a Facebook phone - it's been about 2 months since we last spoke about the concept and we've only had a couple of years between the first HTC Facebook phone in the ChaCha and now. So what's this newest concept all about? It's all about reviving the relative failure that was the HTC Salsa for a whole new generation - but why? Why would HTC and Facebook do such a thing?

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Is every phone the Facebook phone?

Is every phone the Facebook phone?

Facebook may refuse to deliver what the rumor-mill wants - an own-brand smartphone to take on the iPhone - but that's not to say it isn't following a cuckoo-style mobile strategy, progressively infesting handsets from other vendors. The company's new free voice calling service, quietly revealed in the aftermath of the Facebook Graph Search announcement, is the latest in a growing suite of mobile products that, while lacking the eye-catching appeal of a glossy slab of hardware, nonetheless shows that the social network finally has a mobile strategy.

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Nokia Asha 205 “Facebook phone” and $62 206 hands-on

Nokia Asha 205 “Facebook phone” and $62 206 hands-on

Nokia has revealed its first "Facebook phone", the Nokia Asha 205, along with a colorful candybar, the Nokia 206, borrowing the Lumia colors for a budget market. The new Asha 205 features a full QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated Facebook button, as well as forty free EA games, while the 206 comes in the same black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and white as Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets, and offers up to 47 days of standby time. Both the Asha 205 and the 206 are available in single- or dual-SIM versions, each keeping both SIMs active simultaneously, and feature Nokia's new Slam file-swapping system.

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Facebook Phone universe expands with Orange “Party Call” service

Facebook Phone universe expands with Orange “Party Call” service

It's time once again, and again, and again, to think about a Facebook-centric phone with a deal that's been inked this week at Orange called "Party Call." This "social calling" service will work with Facebook specifically and will be working with both mobile and desktop versions of the social network. The big break in this plan as far as a Facebook phone goes is the fact that it's not Facebook that's leading this initiative, it's Orange using Facebook's open API as any other developer would, working with Orange's IP-based calling and messaging app Libon (Life is Better On).

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook Phone is the HTC Opera UL claims insider

Zuckerberg’s Facebook Phone is the HTC Opera UL claims insider

The perennial Facebook phone rumor has resurfaced, with chatter that the HTC Opera UL will be the social site's first "official" smartphone as it attempts to tighten its slack in mobile. The Opera UL, as HTC has internally called it, is an OEM device "made for Facebook" a source tells Pocket-lint, while leaked benchmarks suggest it will have a 1.4GHz processor and run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

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Zuckerberg says Facebook phone “wouldn’t make much sense”

Zuckerberg says Facebook phone “wouldn’t make much sense”

Earlier this week we mentioned rumors of Facebook and HTC were reportedly working on a smartphone to debut sometime next year. Neither Facebook nor HTC confirmed it, and now we’re hearing that Mark Zuckerberg himself stated on Thursday’s earnings call that there’s actually no existence of a Facebook phone. He said it wouldn't make any sense for the company to launch its own smartphone.

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Facebook phone concept appears with “like” home button

Facebook phone concept appears with “like” home button

A set of conceptual renderings for a futuristic looking Facebook phone have appeared this week courtesy of designer Tolga Tuncer that are set to delight. This device completely enclosed in a combination of blue plastic and aluminum with the Facebook emblem right up front and center and a "like" thumbs up button down where you'd expect a home button to be. From there it only gets stranger - and perhaps more enticing.

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A Facebook Phone? No, no, no!

A Facebook Phone? No, no, no!

Sorry, but Chris is wrong, completely wrong: a Facebook phone is an appalling idea. The social network may be struggling to find its feet in mobile, and it may have money to burn, but that desperation doesn't equal stupidity. Scale - being the place that all your friends and family are too - is its primary strength, and throwing that away on a naive grab in a new industry does nothing to capitalize on that.

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