Mark Zuckerberg (News - Alert) has chosen to establish an alliance between Facebook and phone manufacturer HTC (News - Alert) to come up with a new phone codenamed “Buffy.” The result will be a phone that runs a modified version of the Google Android mobile OS. The modifications include complete social integration with Facebook (News - Alert), reportedly more than those previously seen in other “Facebook” phones.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Facebook’s “Buffy” phone will let you use native applications to run Facebook apps like FarmVille and Poker directly. This all happens due to the HTML5 support inherent in the new phone. The report continues, saying that Facebook’s mobile application will help find a common ground between the main Web interface and applications that people supply separately from Facebook.
A spokesperson from Facebook says, "Our mobile strategy is simple: we think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world."
This bold statement expresses much to be looked forward to regarding the development of the phone and its more integrated approach to the Facebook environment.
Apple, on the other hand, was more inclined to making nice with Twitter (News - Alert), integrating more direct interaction with the social network in its newer models. Such integration to Facebook, however, hasn’t happened, apparently making statements about the company’s attitude to the social networking giant.
Although Buffy is going to be a “Facebook phone,” it certainly isn’t the first one. On July 17th, for example, HTC came up with the “Status,” a phone which integrated a Facebook button and had one of the first interfaces meshed with the social network. Buffy is simply going to take this a step further, although it’s not clear exactly how HTC and Facebook plan to do it.
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Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.
Edited by Rich Steeves