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Facebook denies building smartphone

Facebook has denied several reports that it is developing a smartphone, in a move which would up the competition between itself and major rivals, Google and Apple.

Reports yesterday alleged that Facebook is developing smartphone software, according to a "source with knowledge of the project".

Yesterday TechCrunch, a technology specialist site, ran a story saying the company was developing mobile phone software, citing a “source with knowledge of the project”.

Technology blog Techcrunch reported: “Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. Which is exactly what Apple and everyone else does, too..."

The report added: “Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system.”

However, Facebook has denied the reports to several other sites, which followed up the story, telling CNET: “Facebook is not building a phone. Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this.”

Business Insider, using information from a “plugged-in Silicon Valley source”, has also claimed that Facebook is developing smartphone software and is using Google’s Android operating system as the basis.

Scott Ard, a writer for the site, said: “This means that Google is now essentially helping Facebook attempt to destroy Google!...The big picture is that Facebook wants to be more a mobile platform, not just a service or an app.”

Earlier this year Google entered the mobile phone market with the Nexus One. However, after disappointing sales, it stopped selling the model via its web-only store.

© Telegraph.co.uk