HTC is, according to business freesheet City AM at least, going to announce two Facebook branded phones at MWC next month.

Now, City AM also states that HTC is a "Korean manufacturer", which will be news to all those people based at HTC's Taiwan HQ and that "Google's Nexus range" was manufactured by HTC, which is only half right - so we think we'll treat this report with a smidgen of hesitation, although we have to say that these are not the first murmurs we've heard about a HTC and Facebook tie-up.

The City AM report states that the handsets will bear the Facebook "branding and colours". But, we can't see a blue-phone coming out, can you? After all, the Sony Ericsson T200 will always be the blue-phone champion.

Facebook integration will, of course, be prominent although the report states that "the phones will run on a tweaked version of Google’s Android operating system and will prominently display users’ Facebook messages and news feed on the home screen". Hmmm, HTC Sense and Friend Stream anyone?

The report suggests that Facebook’s Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos ("a leading member of the Google Chrome browser team") are behind the launch.

All will be confirmed next month in Barcelona....