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Facebook smartphone rumors resurface, reports say

10:01 AM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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Brett Molina, USA TODAY

The on-again, off-again chatter about a potential "Facebook smartphone" is back on again.

According to multiple reports, Facebook is hosting a mobile event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters next Thursday, with the title "Come See Our New Home on Android."

TechCrunch says Facebook will unveil a smartphone with a version of Google's Android operating system that features deep integration with the social network. Citing "sources," the report says HTC will likely make the device.

The "Facebook phone" has been the subject of countless reports for years, even prompting CEO Mark Zuckerberg to deny its existence.

If true, HTC has some experience working with Facebook on special functionality for a smartphone. Two years ago, the manufacturer launched the HTC Status, which included a Facebook button for instant access. The iPhone features Facebook integration, allowing users to easily share photos or send messages directly to the social network without use of the mobile app.

USA TODAY

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