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INQ’s Facebook Phone, the Cloud Touch, Made Official

The INQ Cloud Touch, first seen last month when it was spotted on Bluetooth’s accreditation site, has been made official by the London-based company, and it’s as close to being a fully fledged Facebook phone as we’ve come so far.  What’s more, according to a conversation between INQ’s co-founder Ken Johnstone and The Guardian, Facebook themselves were ‘heavily involved with it and it’s been a collaborative process’.

So just how deeply ingrained is the social network? The answer is, very.  Basically, if you’re not an active Facebook user, you won’t get much out of the standard Cloud Touch, as it forms your homepage and it’s used to prepare calls and messages, plus all status updates, photos and Places check-ins are displayed front and centre. This means you don’t have to open an app or manually check for updates; it’s all live, all of the time.

However, as the Cloud Touch is based on Android 2.2, there are other homescreens to fill with other non-Facebook widgets and if you’re so desperate for the Cloud Touch but don’t want all the Facebook integration, then you can remove them, however, this defeats the object of the device. It’s also a shame, as so much effort has gone into making this a pure Facebook experience, right down to future new Facebook features magically appearing on your phone without the need for an update.

The INQ Cloud Touch also has the following features:

  • 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 320.
  • 600Mhz Qualcomm processor.
  • 3G with HSDPA.
  • 5 megapixel camera.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • GPS.
  • Android 2.2.

To keep you connected, but with an eye on your data allowance, the Could Touch’s GPS and Wi-Fi work together to remember your home network or other wireless hotspots you’ve previously logged in to, and will connect automatically when they come within range. If you’re a Spotify user, you’ll be pleased to see the streaming music service has been set as the standard music app on the device.

It’s set to be a huge seller, and INQ say the Cloud Touch will be out in the UK this April at a competitive price.

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