Facebook is collaborating with INQ mobile on two Android smartphones, it has been claimed, despite vehement denials from the social networking giant earlier this week that it harboured plans to bring a branded phone to market.
According to sources cited in a report from business news provider Bloomberg, the devices “will feature Facebook social networking services” and are due to launch in Europe during the “first half of 2010 and in the US in the second half”.
One of the devices will reportedly feature a physical QWERTY keyboard for text entry and updating profiles quickly, while the other is touchscreen-only, the sources revealed.
The claims fly in the face of Facebook spokesman Jaime Schopflin’s blanket refusal to acknowledge rumours of a forthcoming branded mobile when they surfaced on Monday.
Mr Schopflin was prepared to concede only that mobile will be central to Facebook’s plans in future, but that this would be more about deeper integration of its services with other manufacturers’ handsets.
Demand for a Facebook handset would be high, a recent study suggests. In a poll conducted by MyVoucherCodes, a quarter of respondents said they would buy handset with the network's branding.
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