HTC, the mobile phone manufacturer has said it is making phones with a dedicated Facebook button, the ChaCha and the Salsa – the first phones to feature such a service.
HTC says it’s going to launch two new phones with a dedicated Facebook button. The phones, called ChaCha and Salsa, will allow instant access to Facebook.
HTC and Facebook have worked closely together on developing these new phones. The Salsa is a touchscreen phone and the ChaCha also includes a keyboard.
The chief executive officer of HTC, Peter Chou said “We wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal”.
Meanwhile the head of mobile business for Facebook, Henri Moissinac, said “We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage”.
The Facebook button will allow users to share photographs and music via the phone and if the phone knows that a caller is a Facebook friend it will show status updates and information for that caller. HTC is marketing the phones at users who use Facebook to organise their diary rather than email.
HTC has also announced it’s bringing out a new 7” tablet called the Flyer. It has a pen and can combine recording sound with taking notes. It means that students could use it in lectures – recording the lecture and adding their own notes.
The new HTC products will be available towards the middle of this year.