Social Phones with One-Touch Facebook Access

When everything is going the social way, why not phones? The Facebook button on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook.

HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today (Feb. 15) announced two new phones built entirely to be social, combining the HTC Sense feature with Facebook. 

As part of an extended portfolio of six new HTC Sense-based devices being unveiled at Mobile World Congress, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa feature a dedicated Facebook button for one-touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience.

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“HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.

“With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.” 

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“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,” said Henri Moissinac, head of Mobile Business for Facebook.

With a single press of the button, you can update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, ‘check in’ to a location and more.

For example, you can take a photograph of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button.

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Or let your friends know what song you’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.

The new devices feature Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, the latest version, and use the latest iteration of HTC Sense to integrate Facebook throughout the HTC Sense experience.

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When you make a phone call, the dialer screen displays your friend’s latest status and photos, and even tells you if their birthday is approaching.

The same updates are also displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. You can also use your phone’s existing contacts to help you connect with them on Facebook or personalize your handset further with a number of new, Facebook-branded widgets.

The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones, says the company, make it simple to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone.

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Your Facebook messages and conversations are integrated within your phone and appear within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations.

The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011.

In the United States, HTC plans to bring this user experience to market later this year exclusively with AT&T.

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One thought on “Social Phones with One-Touch Facebook Access

  • April 30, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Hi Rakesh, thanks so much for the newest update on the every changing HTC “social phones.” My company, Cherple is the ideal social media platform for engaging in real-time, two-way communication on ANY mobile connected device in the world today, even non-smartphones. Our unique patent-pending technology, also enables organizations and individuals to send rich media content in SMS messages. I look forward to reading more from your network. Thanks for the update!

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