The New York Times a few months ago reported that social network giant Facebook was working on a smartphone, and today Bloomberg is throwing its weight behind the rumor as well.
According to the new report, which cites people familiar with the matter, Facebook is indeed working on its own smartphone in partnership with handset maker HTC for release as early as mid-2013.
Facebook had intended on releasing the smartphone by the end of this year, although it has since pushed back that deadline to allow for HTC to work on its other products. The new smartphone is said to run a modified operating system, although it was not specified if the software would be based on the Android platform. HTC does use Google’s open source Android operating system on its handsets, so it remains a possibility.
The report also notes that Facebook has assembled a team of Apple programmers to improve its Facebook application for iPhone; last month, it was rumored that the social networking giant was about to make its dedicated Facebook app “blazing fast” on iOS devices. That update could come in a few months, with another overhaul to the app planned for next year.