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June 30, 2011

HTC Unveils ChaCha, Brings Integrated Facebook Button To The Masses

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HTC ChaCha SmartphoneFacebook has become an integral part of our lives, many users obsess about their wall posts, photo updates and social gaming such as Farmville and Empires & Allies and while Facebook had done a decent job offering a mobile application that users can download, there has never been a phone with more dedicated to the social network than the newly released HTC ChaCha.

The ChaCha (pictured above), features a dedicated Facebook button on the bottom right side of the device, the button, when pressed, brings Facebook users to their accounts via a baked in Facebook application, ensuring an quick user experience at break neck speeds.

 

According to HTC:

HTC ChaCha has a Facebook button that lets you share just about anything with just one touch. Take a photo – straight to Facebook. Make a video – straight to Facebook. Show whatever, whenever, at the touch of a button.

The company has also announced a Facebook chat widget from HTC which means:

You can group all your friends together, and see when anyone is online. Start a live instant chat, and juggle between as many private conversations as you want.

The phone itself isn’t much of a wonder to behold, in fact I would classify it as a “low-end” Android handset which features a rather small (by today’s standards) 2.6-inch touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard which Blackberry and heavy text users will appreciate and a rather slow 800 MHz CPU. The Smartphone also features a 5-megapixel camera on the backside and a VGA front-side camera for video chatting read more

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September 20, 2010

What Would A Facebook Phone Look Like? Speculating Over A Rumor

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Facebook PhoneThere’s speculation surfacing today form the Washington Post that a Facebook phone may be in the works. While details about the phone are yet unknown or confirmed it’s probably safe to assume that the device wouldn’t feature an all encompassing mobile operating system like the iPhone OS or Google Android, after all that’s not what Facebook developers do, however it would be fun to predict what Facebook might offer.

First, I assume the device wouldn’t be as expensive as a high-end Smartphone, rather falling in the “mid-range” area. Facebook wants their users to stay connected to their site and engage with their property when on other websites (Like buttons, Share buttons, etc), a decent browser with built in “like” functionality would make sense, but the ability to add third-party, non-Facebook platform based apps and perform other functions outside of emailing probably wouldn’t be of big concern, at least not during the company’s first foray into the market. If they really wanted an OS they could just hack apart Google Android much in the same way Verizon and other companies have made that system their own (gotta love Linux open source platforms).

The phone would probably offer a dedicated “Like” button that could be used when browsing the web, allowing users to share posts from any website they choose, regardless of whether that site offers Like buttons of their own. read more

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