April 20, 2014

INQ's 'Cloud Torch' Could be the Facebook Phone that Doesn't Exist

Let’s revisit an Android rumor that likes to rear its head every few months, shall we?  The “Facebook Phone” that has been both long-rumored and officially denied is back again.  Today sees a Bluetooth SIG filing dated December 23rd listing what is said to be the very phone Mark Zuckerberg debunked back in November.

According to PocketNow, the Bluetooth SIG documents detail an INQ Cloud Torch phone which features a QWERTY keyboard and full touch screen.The description of the phone is “An Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos.”

Sounds to us like the makings of a Facebook phone.  Now, to be fair, INQ already has a history of making phones with Facebook integration. In fact, they released one in 2009 that carried the same nickname.  Further, Facebook recently made it much easier to tap into their cloud with new tools and API’s. Having said that, this is the first we’ve seen both the Facebook and Android components in one place.

So, we turn it over to you.  Will there be a Facebook Phone?

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