HTC’s new Facebook phones and Flyer tablet
If you’re accessing Facebook all the time from your mobile then HTC has the answer for you.
The company revealed two “social phones” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which feature dedicated Facebook buttons.
Also unveiled was HTC’s first tablet – the Flyer – which has a 7-inch screen and is powered by the Android operating system.
The Facebook buttons on the new smartphones take users directly to the popular social networking site or act as a shortcut to upload content like web links, pictures and videos.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has denied dedicated Facebook phones in the past but he admitted there will be “much deeper social integration than we have so far”.
The two handsets – the ChaCha and the Salsa – will both run Android and were developed with Facebook in an attempt to lure some of the site’s 500 million users to the HTC brand.
The ChaCha has a full physical qwerty keyboard and a 2.6-inch screen while the Salsa has a 3.4-inch touchscreen display.
The Facebook buttons on each of the devices illuminate whenever there is a possibility to share content or updates to the social networking site.
For example if a user snaps a photo, the Facebook button will pulsate to remind the user they can upload and share it with their friends on Facebook.
Same thing if they are listening to a song, visiting a website or arriving at a location.
Both of these devices will be released in the second quarter of 2011 – between April and June.
Among the other handsets HTC unveiled was the Desire S which Telstra has already claimed for the Australian market.
The smartphone has a 3.7-inch screen, Android operating system and a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
“The original HTC Desire was a huge hit with our customers and helped to establish the popularity of Android smartphones in Australia,” says Telstra mobile products executive director Warwick Bray.
An Australian launch date has yet to be announced.
HTC also announced a new tablet to join the growing number of tablet devices heading our way.
The HTC Flyer will run Android’s Gingerbread operating system and is the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab with a 7-inch screen, 32GB of storage along with wi-fi and 3G connectivity.
The device will feature HTC sense, the company’s own layer of software on top of Android, to personalise the device and aggregate social networking feeds.
There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back of the Flyer and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera as well.
One thing the HTC Flyer tablet will have is a digital pen which will be used for writing and drawing using certain applications.
The digital pen can be used with a feature called HTC Scribe that can basically turn the device into a digital notepad.