INQ announces two new social networking phones

Socially challenged devices are aplenty

Mobile phone manufacturer INQ Mobile has unveiled two Android based handsets aimed at social networkers, in the INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q.

The new phones are the successors to the very first budget INQ 1 social networking mobile from 2008, along with the follow-up handsets; the INQ Mini 3G and Chat 3G from late 2009.

These latest mobiles are all running from the Google Android OS, unlike their previous phones that were based around the Qualcomm Brew platform. Android was still in its infancy when INQ first started and not really widely adopted, although both have always appeared suited to each other.

Facebook is being touted as key to these handsets, whilst being geared up for people that use that particular social networking site as a primary source of communication. There is more thorough integration with FB than ever before with visual media feeds being displayed for web pages, video, newsfeeds and images.

INQ has stated there’s been a close collaboration with Facebook to develop these mobiles, where the name of ‘Facebook phone’ has been tagged to these handsets.

The Cloud Touch is the company’s first ever touch screen mobile, which arrives with a 3.5-inch HGVA display, a 600Mhz processor, with a 5 megapixel camera and runs from the Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 OS – where Gingerbread could be run on the handset, at a later date.

INQ’s Cloud Q is a direct successor to their Chat 3G phone, which was their first Qwerty keyboard based mobile. The phone arrives with a 2.6-inch screen and is accompanied by a large keyboard, whilst also running from Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2.

The INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q won’t solely be appearing on the mobile phone network Three, just as all of the previous handset have. INQ’s Cloud Touch will be available from the Carphone Warehouse in April, with a view to expand INQ Mobile’s potential user base from there.

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