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February 11, 2011

HTC plans phone with a Facebook button

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by Darren Allan

Yesterday, we saw the launch of a pair of INQ smartphones, the Cloud Touch and Cloud Q, which are essentially Facebook phones built on Android.

And now it seems that HTC is set to join the club of deeper Facebook integration with one of its handsets.

According to the Financial Times, HTC will be taking the wraps off an Android mobile with a dedicated Facebook button at MWC.

Details are otherwise extremely sparse – it’s not even clear whether this will be a physical button on the hardware, or a virtual touchscreen button which will give ever-present access to the social network with one touch.

We’ll find out next week when Mobile World Congress swings into action. HTC is also expected to be unveiling a tablet, the 7 inch Flyer which will run Android 2.3 (with an incoming upgrade to Honeycomb).


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3 Comments »
  1. here’s hoping they don’t put a physically button on the phone. that would just look silly

    Comment by will — February 11, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

  2. a facebook button?
    isnt that the icon i touch to launch the facebook app on my iphone?

    Comment by Dave — February 11, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  3. The theory is it might be a physical button on the actual hardware, the phone (as Will hopes it won’t!).

    Or a ‘permanent’ button on the screen - ie wherever you are, the icon will be there, not just the homescreen.

    So Facebook power-users/addicts can tap into the social network at any time with one-touch access.

    Comment by Darren Allan — February 11, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

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