HTC’s FaceBook Phones can ChaCha and Salsa, depending on your taste
It’s been a while since the CEO of Facebook has defended the idea that a Facebook phone is not in the works. Today however proves the humble CEO wrong, at least to a certain extent. A few months ago rumors of a Facebook centric device starting popping up, since then Mr. Zuckerburg has stated that such a device was not being worked on nor was planned to be released. Fast forward a few months and viola, Facebook phones show up at MWC. Ok, they are not really Facebook phones so the Zuck was not fibbing the whole time. But let’s take a look at the future of Facebook mobile for a second.
Today HTC announced its new Chacha and Salsa devices at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona and the social networking world will never be the same. The two devices are small little buggers that come in two form factors. While both the HTC Salsa and ChaCha are candy bar in shape, the Salsa is a touch screen only device, while the ChaCha rocks a full QWERTY under its screen. The two devices run Android 2.3.3 and that might be the best part. The new Salsa comes equipped with a 5 megapixel camera, a 3.4 inch touch screen display with 480 x 320 resolutions as well as a front facing VGA camera. The ChaCha has a full QWERTY keyboard, above it sits a 2.6 inch 480 x 320 “resolution landscape touch screen”. The ChaCha also has a 5 megapixel camera and a front facing VGA camera. The ChaCha and Salsa share almost identical internal specs as well with a 600MHz processor, and 512MB of RAM. Not the highest end phone, but of course that’s not there market with the ChaCha and Salsa stating “we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal”. With Over 500 million Facebook users worldwide it seems that they might be on to something.
So what’s so Facebook about it you ask? Well take a look at the picture above, you may notice at the bottom of the Salsa and ChaCha there is an iconic Facebook “F” logo. It may look nice; however it surely is a button. But more than a button, it’s a magical portal to your social world giving you instant access to your Facebook. Take a picture with your Salsa or ChaCha and instantly upload that picture to Facebook by simply pushing the “F”. Listen to some jams on your ChaCha or Salsa, push the “F” and share your jams on your Facebook feed. That’s about as far as the press release goes on the Facebook button; however I’m sure there will be tons of ways to use it in the future. One sentence that is kind of bothersome to me is this; “HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook”. So does this mean the phone will know when I want to make a status update, or is it simply just making a recommendation when it thinks the time is right?
The CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg helped intro the two new devices for HTC at the presentation take a look here;
While the ChaCha and Salsa are expected to release overseas in Q2 it seems that HTC is cooking up similar devices for At&t’s network sometime later this year. So there you have it folks the famed Facebook phone is real and will soon multiple across OEM’s and eventually a full Facebook phone is inevitable. Tell us what you think, are you Facebook forward enough to pick up a phone with a dedicated Facebook button that knows when you should update your status?HTC, Salsa, facebook phone, ChaCha, facebook