The social network's phone, code-named "Buffy", will operate on a modified version of Android.

Facebook is finally entering the mobile phone business after recently selecting the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC to build an integrated smartphone. Code-named “Buffy”, after the vampire slayer, the device is going to operate on a version of Android that Facebook has modified to ensure its services are deeply integrated and HTML5 is supported as a platform for applications.

All Things D reports that the device’s launch is still a long way off and estimates it’s arrival to be in around 12 to 18 months. Facebook’s chief technology officer Bret Taylor is said to be leading the Buffy project, which will build on previous phones that have included a dedicated button for access to the social network, and include more integration to bring friends and social activities deeper into the mobile interface. Building their own phone will be an unprecedented step into the challenging mobile market, where Google and Apple currently run the two major smartphone operating systems. A spokesman for Facebook told All Things D:

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