Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being. Code-named “Buffy,” after the television vampire slayer, the phone is planned to run on a modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a platform for applications, according to sources familiar with the project.
Mobile is critical to Facebook’s future. And moving directly into the phone business, while fraught with challenges, may well be essential for the company.
Source:” The Facebook Phone: It’s Finally Real and Its Name Is Buffy ” , All Things D