First ‘Facebook Phone’ Outed: INQ Cloud Touch With Android? [Update]
A handset known as the INQ Cloud Touch has just received Bluetooth certification, and based on the design description, we believe that it is the first of two “Facebook” phones rumored to be in development by both TechCrunch and Bloomberg. Specifically, Bloomberg reported last September that Facebook and London-based INQ were working on a top secret project whose first two deliverables would be a QWERTY-equipped and full-touchscreen smartphone. Well, here’s the description of the INQ Cloud Touch:
“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.”
Sounds to us like the rumored model with a keyboard (mockup pictured above), but it could also be the touchscreen with some fancy Swype-like input. Now that we have a name, we imagine that more information should be forthcoming in short order, especially if the alleged early 2011 European release is to be believed. An AT&T deal was said to be in the works, but nothing had been finalized as of that report.
P.S. Someone should probably tell INQ that simply listing “INQ mobile phone” in the certification description field seems to satisfy the Bluetooth gods.
Update: Someone should probably tell us to get a new glasses prescription, as this is actually called the Cloud Touch, with a U, not Torch, with an R (our mistake is immortalized in the URL slug, as you’ll notice). Yeah, silly us, we know. With that in mind, we’re probably looking at the touchscreen, not the keyboard, model.
Update 2: INQ has taken the unusual step of altering the certification record, noticed TIME’s Techland blog. Besides removing the official name (model number T2-219U is now used in its place), the company purged the last two sentences of the description, thereby removing all references to Facebook. When will companies learn that doing this sort of thing only after the news has already traveled around the world just makes the rumors seem that much more credible?
Source: Bluetooth SIG