There were rumors earlier this year about Facebook developing their own phone based on Android, but the rumor was quickly dismissed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Now, the rumor has appeared again due to a tipster's report of a Facebook phone focus group, and a “call” feature has been spotted by some users on Facebook.
According to BoyGeniusReport, a tipster indicated that they had take part in a focus group to design the features in the phone, including always-on GPS, camera, location-aware coupon service, little to no internal storage, and a “news ticker-style message notification system” with all notifications and messages combined into one location.
As for the call feature, Engadget writes that the call button which appeared earlier seems to indicate that Facebook is working on a VoIP service. Apparently, the service was not functional during the time the “call” buttons were visible, but Engadget believes that this feature is the fruition of a partnership between Skype and Facebook.
Reuters reports that, like with the previous rumor, Facebook denies the rumor that HTC is building a phone for them.
There is also a rumor from City A.M. that HTC will be manufacturing two Facebook phones, which will be debuted at MWC in Feburary. However, an attribution mistake in the article raises questions about the trustworthiness of their source and how well they are informed on the whole matter.