Facebook has hired a team of software and hardware engineers to create a Facebook-branded smartphone that could be released as early as 2013, The New York Times reports.
The Facebook Phone team includes a handful of engineers with experience on Apple's iPhone, and Facebook is also continuing its previously-reported partnership with HTC.
"Mark is worried that if he doesn't create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms," said one Facebook employee.
As for Facebook's official comment, all the company had to say was that "Our mobile strategy is simple: we think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social."
Would you buy a Facebook phone if it came out next year?