Thursday, Facebook is expected to show off an HTC device running," a version of the Android operating system that makes the social network's features and applications native to smartphones.
The device in question was rumored to be code-named "Myst," but a new rumor suggests the phone may actually be called "first."
The Twitter account @evleaks posted a fairly nondescript picture of the supposed HTC first. 9to5Google, a source of several Facebook phone-related stories in the past few days, believes the screenshot corroborates its previous intel.
HTC first, 2013 twitter.com/evleaks/status...— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 2, 2013
"It looks pretty much identical to the Facebook-HTC device that we described last week," the site said. "Given that the image lines up with what [we] previously heard, we expect the device shown above to be the first, or one of the first, Facebook Home handsets."Previously, 9to5Google cited sources who had seen a Facebook-HTC smartphone that resembled an iPhone, albeit with a slightly larger screen, and included a bottom-center home button with two additional function keys.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. We suspect we'll hear back with official word no sooner than Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific.
Update 4:07 p.m PT: As expected, a Facebook spokesperson said that the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.