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HTC and Facebook set to make another Android phone

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

Remember the ChaCha and the Salsa? Me neither. But HTC does, and according to DigiTimes, they’re eager to make another phone partnered with Facebook for features and branding. Their supply chain sources say that HTC and Facebook are partnering for another phone with exclusive features that tie into the social network, now an unbelievable 900 million users strong.

There’s little detail about the latest partnership available at the moment, other than the fact that it’ll feature “a platform exclusive to Facebook”. That could simply mean a customized and expanded Facebook app with better integration (and making a Facebook app that’s better than the current one wouldn’t be hard) or something a little more involved. Perhaps an Android fork, a la Barnes & Noble’s Nook devices? We can only speculate.

Another rumor mentioned in the DigiTimes article is that Facebook wants to brand the phones itself, instead of letting HTC handle the marketing and branding duties. That seems unlikely given the company’s previous stance on such a device, but if they were to create a completely customized version of Android, it would make sense. And it isn’t like Facebook is strapped for cash at the moment – even if a Facebook phone were a flop (which the previous HTC phones weren’t) it would only be a minor setback, and probably worth the risk. We’ll just have to wait and see.

[via The Verge]

Motorola Joins The Dedicated Facebook Device Party

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2011 - Friday Comments Off

Motorola has jumped aboard the Facebook-driven handset train, joining the pseudo frenzy set off by HTC’s release of the Salsa and ChaCha (rebranded the Status state-side) each stocked with their own dedicated Facebook buttons only a few months back. The Motorola EX225 (not quite as catchy as the aforementioned devices) will be outfitted with a 2.4 inch landscape display, full QWERTY keyboard and pledges deep Facebook UI integration.

Interestingly enough, questions have been raised over whether or not it will run on the Android OS, as there is no clear presence of any Android buttons such as the search or home keys in the leaked images of the device. The possibility remains however, that Motorola may include physical Android buttons or even invisible buttons much like the Nexus S.

Presently there is no indication of when or where the EX225 will be released, so all you extreme Facebook enthusiasts out there will be left to wait with bated breath for further details.

Motorola Joins The Dedicated Facebook Device Party