Buffy, Facebook's Attempt at a Phone, Has Been a "Train Wreck"


Reports of a mythical Facebook Phone have surfaced over the past two years without a real device ever in sight.

Now AllThingsD is the latest to rekindle rumors of such a phone. Liz Gannes and Ina Fried reported yesterday that Facebook has picked HTC to build an Android-based phone emphasizing HTML5 for shipment in 12 to 18 months. The company’s chief technology officer Bret Taylor is overseeing the project, they report.

But the project itself has had a long and troubled history internally at Facebook, say sources with knowledge of it.

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