There is no official Facebook phone yet, but INQ Mobile’s new Cloud Touch is the closest thing we have seen to date. Erick Shonfeld of TechCrunch scored an exclusive video of the new INQ Cloud Touch which is optimized for Facebook.
So what does optimized for Facebook include? Basically, it looks like INQ took Android and then made some cool looking widgets that access Facebook’s services. The main homescreen widget includes shortcuts for People, Events, Notifications, and Places. Your main Facebook feed is displayed in the middle of the screen and a shortcut to a Facebook Chat application appears at the bottom.
The video demo (see below) is only three minutes long so we can’t see how deep the Facebook integration is, but it looks like most of the features could be easily implemented by downloading a social widget from the Android Market.
Ina Fried of AllThingsD pointed out a comment from INQ Mobile last week in San Francisco. “We want to do for the Facebook generation what BlackBerry did for the enterprise market,” INQ Mobile CEO Frank Meehan said in an interview. “For someone under 30 this is the stuff you want to see all the time.”
INQ is aiming for a May release in Europe, followed by a launch in the USA if they can find a carrier to pick up the phone.
TechCrunch also reports that “HTC is also working on its own Facebook phone”, which is similar to the rumors we heard last month. Most likely HTC has some new tight integration with Facebook and their Sense UI, but maybe there is still a small chance these devices will include the Facebook branding and colors.
What do you think of INQ Mobile’s latest efforts? The hardware definitely looks like a step up from their previous models.