Taiwanese manufacturer HTC and social networking giant Facebook are, according to Digitimes, planning to co-develop a new smartphone to focus on Facebook’s social networking features.
The two entities had previously teamed up to come up with the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha, but this new handset would be more Facebook-centric than ever before. According to Digitimes’ unnamed insider close to the project, the new device should be out in the second half of 2012.
If you’re wondering how such a Facebook-centric device would function, it would basically feature complete integration of Facebook. That’s right, users of the handset would be able to use Facebook as it would appear on a personal computer or laptop, with all features present.
The previous HTC ChaCha had been a moderate success for hardcore Facebook users, however did not create the impact desired due to its relatively low-end features. The ChaCha featured only 512 MB RAM to go with its 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, though it did come with the latest Android OS at the time, Gingerbread 2.3.
Furthermore, DigiTimes stated that Facebook may probably use this opportunity to jump into the smartphone market and use their brand name on the aforementioned handset. This is something that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once vehemently opposed, prior to the release of HTC’s ChaCha and Salsa phones.
We’re inclined to think that Zuckerberg is still fundamentally opposed to a Facebook-branded smartphone, but if we eventually see a handset with the familiar blue-and-white “f” logo on it, we wouldn’t be that surprised.