Facebook will launch a smartphone by next year

Facebook is gearing up to launch its first-ever smartphone by next year, and the industry is abuzz with it.

According to The New York Times, engineers have been sought by recruiters to work on building hardware for a Facebook smartphone. This would be the social network’s third attempt to develop a smartphone, the report said, citing sources close to the matter. This move could help Facebook counter that with its own foray into the smartphone hardware business which is very critical for it’s future.

Also view a CNN interview with Mashable here on their views.

Rumors about a possible Facebook phone have been circulating for the past few years. Although Facebook was reportedly first working on a smartphone in 2010, sources said the initiative stopped due to development complications. Meanwhile, AllThingsD has reported Facebook and manufacturer HTC were working together to develop a mobile device under the code name “Buffy.”

Do you think a move into the smartphone business would be smart for Facebook or would it overextend itself? Would you buy a Facebook phone?

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~ by digivine on May 28, 2012.

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