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Facebook developing own smartphone

Facebook reportedly hires engineers to build its own smartphone

Facebook is reported to be developing its own phone, to retain control of the platform.
Facebook is reported to be developing its own phone, to retain control of the platform.

Facebook is apparently working to develop its own smartphone, according to a report from the New York Times.

The report cites un-named Facebook employees, along with several engineers who had been approached by recruiters about working on the project.

The company is planning to launch a device next year, and has already hired a number of former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad.

Facebook neither confirmed or denied that it was developing a phone, but instead referred to a statement it made last year that said: "We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers."

The social networking site has apparently made two previous attempts at developing its own smartphone. TechCrunch reported that it had launched a project in 2010, that was halted after the people involved realized the complexity of the project. Last year Facebook was reported to have entered a partnership with HTC, with this project apparently still under way.