NEW DELHI: Facebook, which has become an integral part of our social lives, is hosting an event to showcase its “new home on Android.” Speculation in tech industry is rife that the company may launch a smartphone running on Google’s mobile operating system Android.
EVLeaks has leaked what it claims is the first image of the Facebook phone, likely to be called HTC First. This phone is rumoured to have a heavily customised version of Android, much like Amazon has done with its Kindle tablets.
According to tech grapevine, HTC First is likely to have a 4.3-inch touchscreen that supports 720p videos and run on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other rumoured features of this alleged smartphone include a 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4.5 and deep Facebook integration.
Previously, HTC made two smartphones – named Salsa and ChaCha – that featured dedicated Facebook hardware keys.
Facebook last week sent out invites that only said “Come See Our New Home On Android.”
There has been speculation about a ‘Facebook phone’ that can help the social network better monetise its mobile platform by featuring Facebook prominently on the phone.
Facebook has long held firm it has no intention of building its own smartphone, saying instead it would rather weave access to the social network into software running the gamut of handsets.
News of the April 4 event at social network’s main campus in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park came as the research firm IDC released a Facebook-backed study showing that smartphones have become people’s close friends in the US.
Source-Times Of india