Facebook is preparing to launch its own mobile phones. They’re talking about two smartphones, to be produced by INQ Mobile and promoted by AT&T, according to sources close to the talks, quoted by Bloomberg.
Rumors concerning the launch of Facebook’s smartphones are running from last week, but were denied by the company.
The gadgets will use the Android Operating System developed by Google, said the sources quoted. The smartphones will be built around the Facebook online social services. They will be launched in Europe by mid next year and in the U.S., in the second half of 2011.
One of Facebook’s smartphone will have QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The other will only have a touch screen and will look and feel like the iPhone. Their prices may be more than $100, in U.S..
Approximately 25% of the over 500 million Facebook users login to their accounts using wireless devices. So far, AT&T, the second largest wireless telecommunications operator in the U.S., has not yet taken a decision whether to promote Facebook’s phones exclusively.
Btw, talking about smartphone new concepts, take a look at Mozilla Seabird! It’ll blow your mind!