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HTC Launches Facebook Phones; Streaming Movies; Gaming On The Cloud

Taiwanese mobile handset maker HTC has announced two new social phones, with Facebook integration, at the Mobile World Congress. Dubbed as HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, the phones feature one touch access to key Facebook functions, through HTC's proprietary Sense user interface layer, over Android Operating System 2.3 Gingerbread. The phones sport a context-aware, Facebook button that gently lights up whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. This is the second such announcement in recent times - with INQ announcing two Android based Facebook phones, Cloud Touch and Cloud Q. Last year, Indian telco Tata Docomo had also introduced phones from Alcatel, with Yahoo services integrated. On the HTC phones, with a press of the dedicated Facebook button, users can update their status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song they are listening to, ‘check in’ to a location and more. It also integrates Facebook into other areas like the Phonebook and whenever a user makes a phone call to a person who is in his Facebook friend list, he gets to see his latest status and photos and reminds about his birthday. The same happens when the user receives a call from a Facebook friend. This reminds us of an application called Socially, which RCOM had launched last year. Users can find existing contacts on Facebook and connect with them. The phones also feature new Facebook-branded widgets. While ChaCha is a QWERTY keyboard phone with a 2.6 inch touch screen and dual cameras…

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