INQ and Facebook have been friends since the INQ Chat 3G and Mini 3G were developed (the phones come with Facebook integration, among other things).
Now the two companies seem to want to take their relationship to a new level.
Bloomberg reports that INQ and Facebook are working on two new smartphones that will run Android – which could be customized for a better Facebook integration, as TechCrunch believes after talking to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Apparently, one of the upcoming INQ Facebook Android phones will feature a touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard, while the other one should be a touch-only handset “resembling the iPhone.”
Both could be launched in Europe in the first half of 2011, and in the US in the second half of the year. AT&T is “considering whether to carry the devices and hasn’t made a deal” yet. If the handsets will be available through AT&T, they may be sold for under $100 on contract.
(this isn’t a real device, it’s a modified INQ Chat 3G)
Facebook currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, and about a fourth of them (125 million) log on to the website from mobile devices. In the light of this, an affordable phone with deep Facebook integration (Facebook-branded or not) should be quite successful.
Earlier this year, INQ said that it plans to launch an Android touchscreen phone as soon as Q4. This could be one of the Facebook phones, or a completely different device – we’ll probably find out soon.
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