Facebook has denied rumours that its has joined forces with HTC to launch a handset.

The web has been awash with rumours that Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC and Facebook were planning to unveil two smartphones bearing the social network's colours and branding at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

According to unnamed sources cited by City AM, the handsets will run a "tweaked" version of Google's Android operating system and display their owner's Facebook messages and news feeds prominently on the phone's home screen.

However, Dan Rose, head of business development at Facebook, said the rumours were "overblown".

"This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way," he said.

The concept of a 'Facebook phone' is not new. In September last year, Bloomberg, reported the social network wass working with INQ Mobile on developing two smartphones that would be launched in Europe in the first half of 2011. However, Facebook has always denied the rumours are true.

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