January 11, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The fabled “Facebook phone” that was rumored to be in development in 2010 may have just popped up in a Bluetooth SIG listing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already downplayed the notion of a Facebook phone, saying that the social network is working only to build a “social layer” into existing products.
But that’s not going to stop INQ from building its own phone that deeply integrates said layers into an Android phone. Pocketnow spotted a Bluetooth SIG listing for the INQ Cloud Torch, a phone that has “Facebook built into its core.” The phone has a QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, and several features from the blue-and-white site built into an Android smartphone.
INQ probably doesn’t have the next big superphone on its hand, but it may have something worthwhile in a MOTOBLUR hand-holding sort of way. The description of the phone makes it seem as if the major aspects of Facebook – status updates and media sharing – will be implemented more often and efficient than one can currently experience in the Facebook Android app. Considering that Facebook is the second-most common method of contact for many people, teaming up with the most common method (mobile phones) seems a natural venture.
We’ll just have to wait to see how interesting such a device will prove. Here’s the description of the phone, according to the listing.
INQ Cloud Touch is an Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos.