HTC Facebook phone does not exist, says Facebook

Social network denies claims about branded blower

Staffer dismisses rumours of phone as 'overblown'.

Gossip about a HTC Facebook phone has been rife this week, but the social network has moved to calm claims that it’s done a deal with the Taiwanese tech titan.

Dan Rose, Facebook’s head of business development, told a gathering of hacks yesterday that such a phone simply didn’t exist. "The rumours around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown.”

He added, “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs and integrated them into their device in an interesting way." When asked flat out if the phone would be Facebook-branded, Rose answered with an emphatic, “No.”

So that’s that. Or is it? HTC may well have that very phone ready to roll at MWC, but it won’t be slapped with a Facebook logo. All will be revealed at the Barcelona gathering in two weeks time.

Via Reuters