'Facebook phone' to get its teeth into Android

The long awaited 'Facebook phone' is due to be announced today, with rumours suggesting that HTC will produce a special version with the social network's branding.

by Michael Northcott

As secretive as the hottest tech companies are, the rumour mill just keeps on spitting out gossip. Apparently, today, Facebook will reveal a new suite of apps that essentially ‘take over’ Android phones.

It’s not thought that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has any plans for Facebook to make its own phones or develop an operating system. But a package which uses software to turns your device into a Facebook phone – with its own home screen – will soon be available.

It's a significant riposte to Zuckerberg's own admission last year that the company had been pretty slow on the uptake where mobile was concerned. But mobile now constitutes around a quarter of the company's revenues.

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