It’s been quite a while since we heard from Hutchison’s handset manufacturer, INQ.
I thought the INQ Chat was an excellent budget device that most definitely gave BlackBerry a run for it’s money in the low-level PAYG category. So popular was the budget-QWERTY that Orange released their Rio device mid-way through the year — and at £55, it’s been selling very well indeed.
If the Chat was all about Twitter, the Touch is reportedly all about Facebook. Although there’s a heck of a lot of pent-up excitement about ‘the Facebook phone’, the concept of Facebook on an INQ is hardly new. Indeed they’ve had all sorts of pretty tight Facebook integration for years.
Here’s the description of the Cloud Touch from the Bluetooth filings:
“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.”
This all makes sense. INQ’s Android devices were slated for Q4 2010 — but I heard they’d delayed this a little. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with.