Since Google and Samsung are aligned to create devices, HTC and Facebook are doing it too. The social media giant is working with HTC according to the latest news from DigiTimes. You might remember the HTC ChaCha? It was a small screened, touch/QUERTY keyboard device with Facebook integration. What about the Salsa ? It was a more typical looking HTC device with a dedicated Facebook button- just in case selecting the app from your home screen was too much work.
The new device will be available in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, running a modified version of Android, exclusive to Facebook. Who wants another custom version of Android? Don't think about getting the latest, greatest OS updates, as proud purchasers of this device will likely spend time waiting in frustration as either HTC or Facebook put their touches on the update. To me, this just adds to the issue of fragmentation as far as Android is concerned.
There are some out there saying these rumors are just rumors, and would be bad for Facebook, because Facebook has said that there would never be a "Facebook phone" and that there would just be phones with Facebook apps. This makes sense, after all, Facebook isn't Amazon. Amazon has a success with the Kindle Fire because they have the dedicated marketplace to back it up with apps, movies, music, and books. That's what drives the device sales. What would people do with a Facebook phone that they couldn't do on any other smart phone? I'm in this camp. Yeah, I use Facebook plenty. But even on my non- dedicated phone, running good old Android Gingerbread, all it takes is - unlocking the phone, pushing the Facebook app, and just like that, there is my timeline! What will a dedicated Facebook phone get me? Facebook notifications- got them, Facebook messages- got those too! The only thing I can think of is it might make me look like a 15 year old girl. My phone doesn't do that, and quite frankly, I don't want it to.