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According to the latest news, facebook is to launch their own smartphone. When would this be available in the market and what applications does it feature?

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# Comment Id: 59993

Hello there Anonymous! Facebook is going to launch their smartphone in a time which is precisely not specified yet but any time during the late 2012. Facebook is working on designing its smartphone with the ex-Apple engineers. Facebook is integrating the smartphone with the social network in its core and is doing it with the effort code-named "Buffy" with co-operation from HTC company. There is also likely to be a feature of the Facebook Appstore in the smartphone. The work is being led by the Facebook's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Brett Taylor. Many rumors are also rumors spreading out about the new facebook smartphone. So lets wait and watch what surprise is facebook going to bring in the mobile world. Hope you have got the answer to your question. 

# Comment Id: 160685

For the past several years, dozens of reports have surfaced about Facebook constructing a Smartphone. TechCrunch reported in 2010 that Facebook was furtively creating a mobile device. Then in 2011, AllThingsD reported that HTC and Facebook had ventured into partnership to create a Smartphone which they called Buffy, just like the vampire slayer.

And then in 2012, The New York Times reported in its Disruptions column that Facebook was driving its resources in the development of its first mobile handset. In all these occasions since it was first reported, it seems like while Facebook was a natural in designing great mobile applications, the company’s engineers were having a hard time perfecting the hardware.

According to a patent Facebook filed in 2011, the company seems to be very busy at work trying to combine oil and water. The patent filing made by Facebook was first reported by the website Patent Bolt. According to them, Facebook made it clear that they want their hardware to have a unique physical twist so it stands out from the crowd.

The handset featured in the patent has a front screen, like any other Smartphone, but has a touchpad on the side which others don’t have. In a different version of the patent, a clickable button replaced the side-mounted touchpad and it has a big touchpad on the back.

Sharath Reddy