You can already play FarmVille on your mobile phone, as the game is currently available as an iOS app. However, if rumors are to be believed, soon you might not have to download an app at all: you’ll be able to play FarmVille right from your phone’s browser.

The news comes after fansite FarmVille Freak was tipped off by a reader who allegedly came upon the following screen while trying to access the FarmVille iPhone app:


The image shows a new version of the game, rebranded as FarmVille Express. However, as notes, the image doesn’t appear to actually be of the iPhone version of the game, but instead looks more like it was taken in the Safari mobile browser. This suggests that Zynga is working on a version of the game that doesn’t require a download to play on your phone, which would make mobile FarmVille much more accessible, as you wouldn’t need an iPhone to play.

If true, this would be the first time that Zynga has released such a game. Other spin-offs of its Facebook games, such as CityVille Hometown or the upcoming Mafia Wars Shakedown, are stand alone iOS apps.