HTC 'Facebook Phone' Goes On Sale Next Week

Posted: Jul 12 2011, 4:47pm CDT | by , in News | Android

 
HTC 'Facebook Phone' Goes On Sale Next Week

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But Facebook is shying away from the attention

The HTC Status, which many are rightly referring to as the 'Facebook Phone,' will go on sale on July 17, bringing a new level of mobile Facebook connectivity to the market. It will be the first phone in the world to have a Facebook button.

The device's home screen has a huge Facebook widget, and there's a dedicated Facebook button on the embedded Qwerty keypad. Some of the other features include seeing the latest Facebook activity of a contact whenever he or she calls, seamless integration of Facebook messages into standard text and e-mail messages, and a Facebook chat widget.

It is the most Facebook-friendly phone to date.

However, the social networking site has distanced itself from the device, saying it is not officially licensed or getting any special treatment. All the connectivity was built by HTC using the same kind of open codes that any mobile manufacturer is welcome to use.

When the phone was first revealed, unofficially, some were expecting Facebook to co-brand the device.

But Facebook has said it has no plans to make an official "Facebook phone" because it wants to encourage all manufacturers to come up with their own integration ideas, and doesn't want to appear to favor any manufacturer over another.

Other technical specs of the Status include Android 2.3.3, a 5-megapixel camera, and pre-loaded Skype connectivity.

The phone will be available exclusively through AT&T for an after-contract price of $50.

Via Eweek

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