“There’s no Facebook phone,” cries Facebook whenever rumors start swirling surrounding the fabled device. Techies don’t buy that, Zuckerberg. You should know that by now.
INQ’s channel manager Andew Bennet came clean to TechCrunch, though, and gave them an exclusive video preview of their new social networking phone with deep Facebook integration. (Note: Facebook admits that partners are using their APIs for deep phone integration, but the phones aren’t exactly sold, endorsed, or branded by Facebook.)
Unique features such as calendar integration will help round out the experience. Your calendar will not only show what you put in it, but the events and birthdays pulled from your Facebook profile and friends list.
The phone is Android-based, he admits, and brings together a nice social experience that has the ability to pull a lot of folks in. The phone seemed to run quite smoothly, though no details were given on what hardware powers the device. Other touches include Spotify as a replacement for the standard Android music player.
The device pictured is being called the INQ Cloud Touch, but Bennet admits that a version with a QWERTY keyboard – being called the INQ Cloud Q – is on the way. What do you folks think of this device? Is there room for a Facebook phone? Is the Android version of Facebook’s app bad enough to get you to buy a phone that customizes that experience to be better?
[Update]: Here’s another video from All Things D.
What’s with the whole fascination with Facebook? It everywhere!
Hmm…I’m not too excited about this phone. Idk, maybe I’m not addicted to Facebook enough to want this much Facebook on my phone.
I watched the video of this on Tech Crunch and all it seems to offer that the Facebook Android client currently does not is some widgets that show friends activity(something I believe Blur does) and a calendar that adds your friends’ events to the standard Google Calendar. Hardly a big deal. I’m sure some morons will buy it, though.
If they want to sell any they had better change the name.
why dont they just give us those widgets for our androids instead of making a lame phone.
LAMO LAMO SAMO. Dookie
That’s the one feature I’ve been wanting (updating google calendar from FB automatically). I don’t check FB often and end up missing many friends events. I’ve given up in “you got my email address.. email me.” Well, I add a couple of f-bombs in there to drive the point.. but still nothing.
Whew, thank god this is just a Euro thing.
I don’t really care about facebook or any other social networking sites really, but Why not just update the app and include the widget with it? lol
I consider facebook to be nothing more than virtual highschool. Both lame and boring. Sad part is there are so many people who can’t manage to get past their high school days, that it remains popular.
Thanks but no thanks.
i have a phone and a facebook app!
If there actually was a ‘Facebook’ phone, Apple would go away completely. It would be more popular than the superbowl and american idol combined.
I use it primarily to keep in contact with people. Some of my friends either don’t have phones, live in other countries, etc. and Facebook is the easiest way to do that. A lot of people I know use it for the same way. Its just too easy to organize events and such. I understand what you’re saying, but not everybody is like that.
I agree with you Paul I think the people that hate facebook are mostly the ones without friends??
all facebook needs is push notifications for android.
this is the kin of android apparently they realized it to and decided to give it another 3 letter name “INQ” may as well just name the next one FAL.. NEXT!
@Joker unlike you people (like me) who dont like Facebook have “actual” friends that can talk to and hang out with and don’t need to snooping on what they’re doing every minute of their lives. I actually use my Android to “call” friends lol.
Actually my HTC Desire allready does this callendar thing!
It adds automatically their birthday in. Also the events your going to!
+ it loads their contact pic to my contacts and their actual status!!
Whad should i want more???
So in my pov, its a real fail phone.
Not comfortable having facebook know so much about me as to have direct access to my camera saving my pics to facebook exclusively etc. It’s a big security hazard. especially in that i read that the gps will be always on but i’m not sure.
Also the UI looks mediocre. FACEBOOK JUST QUIT DRAGGING YOUR FEET AND MAKE A VERY NICE AND INTEGRATED APP!
HTC Sense with Facebook integrated is good enough for me.
Doesn’t HTC sense do all of this calendar integration crap? And has friendflow widgets. I hate sense.
im in high school and it think i would rather stick with my galaxy s (galaxy s2 when it comes out)
Who cares… Now if it could control that robot I would be impressed.