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Facebook and HTC smartphone collaboration set for 2013 debut, says Bloomberg

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Bloomberg West is reporting that HTC and Facebook are working together on a smartphone that will make its debut in 2013.

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We'd previously heard rumors that HTC and Facebook were working together on a new Android smartphone back in April, and now there's a second source: Bloomberg West. The news program's Twitter account posted that the rumored phone, which DigiTimes had said was going to be released in 2012, is now headed for a release in the middle of next year. Other than that, details are still slim — and of course there's no official word yet from either Facebook or HTC — but we'll keep you updated with any new information.

Update: Bloomberg has now posted more information on the matter, reporting that the new HTC and Facebook collaboration had indeed been intended for release this year, but that the project was pushed back to give HTC time to attend to other products. The report reiterates earlier rumors that Facebook is developing the operating system for the phone atop Google's Android platform. Bloomberg also goes on to state that several ex-Apple employees Facebook has hired recently are working on the native iPhone application we heard about last month, with an initial release potentially just a couple of months away.