Posted by : Cebu Blogger Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Last year, an unconfirmed news buzzed online about Facebook secretly making an Andriod Phone customized for the said social networking site.

INQ channel manager Andrew Bennet shows TechCrunch the Facebook Phone

But today, TechCrunch was able to shoot an exclusive video in which INQ channel manager Andrew Bennet shows how the pre-production version of the phone works. By the way, this pre-production version is called INQ Cloud Touch while looking forward, INQ is developing a QWERTY version named INQ CLOUD Q.

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In regards to the phone's physical appearance, it is more likely a resemblance of iPhone in white colored version. The device runs the Android Operating System. So basically, you will see the FOUR buttons above the screen. These FOUR buttons represent Facebook icons.

PEOPLE - this button links to a news feed (Recent or Top) consisting your friends' status updates and other activity such us liking to pages, adding friends, and other stuffs.The phone also absorbs all the details inside your Facebook friends into the local address book so you have one unified social address book.
EVENTS - this home button pulls all events in your plate such as birthdays, Friend's events and some other past events.
NOTIFICATIONS - this leads to the newsfeed items relevant to things you’ve clicked on and so forth and most especially to your friend's status in which you did a comments or likes.
PLACES - this links to the geolocation service, where you can check in and find out your friends’ locations. This service is the same with Foursquare.

Another feature that you will notice is the Spotify, a replacement of the traditional Android Music Player, installed to Facebook Phone. As reported by TechCrunch, the cost will end up to $50 with a contract ($250 without contract) depending on the subsidy from the carrier. But officialy, pricing has not yet been announced.


INQ is a mobile phone manufacturer, headquartered in London with offices in Rome, San Francisco, Beijing and Hong Kong, Toronto, Seattle, Singapore and Delhi.

It is a fully owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa and was founded in 2008 by Frank Meehan, who was previously General Manager of 3G Handsets and Applications for Hutchison Whampoa. INQ is backed by Li Ka-shing who is Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa and is also an investor in Facebook and Spotify.

Note: Photos were shots taken from exclusive video

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