Rumours of a Facebook phone are swirling once again, as everyone's favourite place to poke and play FarmVille is reportedly heavily involved with a new HTC phone -- codenamed Buffy.
Nerdgasm name aside, Buffy is reported by AllThingsD to run a customised version of Android, modified by the folks at Facebook to build social features into various aspects of the phone. It's also reported to use HTML5 as a platform for apps, which would in theory allow to build apps that would work online, on your computer, and on your phone.
A similar Facebook phone furore erupted around a year ago, yielding theand . They sport a Facebook button that bolts quick access to the social network on to the phone's features -- so, for example, you can share photos as soon as you snap them, or post a status update or message with just a push of the little F.
The thought of a Facebook phone seems to get phone fans very excited: aside from the pleasing alliteration, Facebook would be one of the biggest online players to have a crack at its own hardware.
Other similar ventures by online outfits having a go at hardware include Google, which developed Android, but apart from the flagship Amazon Kindle Fire, a tablet designed specifically as a portal for Amazon's movies, music and media rather than as a stand-alone, all-singing all-dancing slate. It remains to be seen how a Facebook phone would integrate social features into every aspect of its use.phones that's more of a starting point for hardware manufacturers. Perhaps a closer comparison is the new
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