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Facebook refutes branded smartphone rumours

Facebook refutes branded smartphone rumours

Suggestions that Facebook is working on a mobile phone have been refuted by the social networking giant.

Rumours that a Facebook branded phone could be on the way first surfaced on Tech Crunch which reported that it was collaborating with an unnamed third party on the handset.

Adding weight to the speculation was the fact that Erick Tseng, who had been lead project manager for Google’s Android smartphone operating system, has been taken on by Facebook.

However, responding to the news reports, the Palo Alto-based company’s spokesman Jaime Schopflin gave the rumours short shrift and categorically denied that the company is building a phone.

He did admit, though, that closer integration with mobile will be at the heart of Facebook’s plans for the future.

He added: "The bottom line is that whenever we work on a deep integration, people want to call it a 'Facebook Phone' because that's such an attractive soundbite, but building phones is just not what we do.”

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