So far there are three versions of handsets with Facebook integration: the ones with Facebook apps, with deep user interface integration with Facebook (Xperia devices from Sony Ericsson) and with Facebook-dedicated buttons (as the HTC ChaCha (HTC Status) or the Motorola MotoKey Social). But Facebook strives for more.
After its cooperation with Samsung Facebook is now planning to work with HTC. Their joint work will deliver a handset called the “Buffy.” The novelty will not only have the Facebook button, but will also have a lot of Android apps replaced with its own ones.
The launch of this project will allow Facebook to have a special hardware device, which will also support HTML5 as a platform for the applications.
Bret Taylor, Facebook CTO refused to make comments on the HTC Buffy in the interview. Instead he mentioned the following:
“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.”
Most likely this handset will not be released until next year.