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Facebook Denies Tie-In With HTC Smartphones

Facebook isn’t planning to launch a branded smartphone with HTC, according to Reuters, citing Dan Rose, vice president of partnerships and platform marketing at the social network.

“This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way. The rumors around their being something more to this HTC device are overblown,” Rose said at a company event in London.
He also said the device would have Facebook branding, alluding to details first reported yesterday by City A.M. in London and subsequently quoted widely by other media outlets. The business newspaper had said HTC would unveil two smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
Facebook executives have said this week that the social network plans to focus on mobile platforms in 2011, because about 250 million people per month access the site via mobile devices.
Rose didn’t say anything about whether his company’s branding will still be part of another device that has been called the first Facebook phone, which INQ expects to debut soon. Do you think it’s possible that the two companies have an arrangement?

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