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HTC To Unveil Facebook Phone; Samsung Still No.1 Handset Maker

Taiwanese cellular phone maker HTC is reportedly hooking up with social network giant Facebook to come up with a smart phone specially designed to satisfy consumers’ Facebook addiction.

According to a reliable insider, High Tech Computer Corporation is currently developing a Facebook phone that uses Android as its operating system.

The Facebook phone is undergoing several tests, having a code name of Opera UL. The source added the smartphone’s specs include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1,280×720-pixel HD display, and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. The Facebook phone will also run on a Qualcomm Adreno 305 chip or the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.

Nonetheless, the source believes the development of Facebook phone could take some time as both companies remain iffy to talk about the rumored project.

However, Facebook has been initiating personnel moves that only suggest that the social network company is working into something.

Over the past few months, Facebook hired six former iPhone engineers and a former iPad engineer, sparking rumors about the plan of Mark Zuckerburg to venture into the smartphone industry.

For now the U.S mobile market has been dominated by South Korean tech firm Samsung, which remains the top smartphone maker.

ComScore conducted a survey of more than 30,000 U.S mobile subscribers in the United States with Samsung getting 26 percent market share in the third quarter.

However, Apple emerges as the biggest gainer in the third quarter after jumping by 2.1 percentage points to 17.5 percent, putting the Steve Jobs-founded company 1.1 percentage points behind the second largest handset maker LG (17.7 percent).

Meanwhile, Google’s Android operating system remained the top smartphone platform with 52.5 percent share, which is up nearly 1 percentage point from the second quarter.

Google’s main rival Apple came in No. 2 with 34.3 percent, up 1.9 percentage points. The shares of Nokia’s Symbian, Research In Motion, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone all plummeted during the third quarter.


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