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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

The biggest news this week is Google I/O, coming up tomorrow. We will be there live, so be sure to stay tuned for all the exciting announcements, and of course our analysis. In other news this morning, the Apple brand may be one of the most valuable in the world, even more than Google. And we know people love Apple products, but, let's not fight about them, mmmkay? And we are continuing to follow the Sony PlayStation Network story, as Sony has just announced that it will be the end of May before they get up and running fully again. Plus, NVIDIA and Icera, news about the Nexux S 4G, yet another Android tablet, and one that's a little different, and lots lots more.

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HTC ChaCha Facebook phone release dates scooped by – you guessed it – Facebook?

HTC ChaCha Facebook phone release dates scooped by – you guessed it – Facebook?

A series of HTC events to promote the company's Facebook drive may have tipped the launch dates of the HTC ChaCha Android smartphone. Eagle-eyed the::unwired spotted an HTC Germany Facebook promotion which will seemingly take the ChaCha - which has a dedicated Facebook button for sharing photos, status updates, location and media on the popular social networking site - on tour in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from June 18.

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Recap Of New HTC Smartphones, Tablet, and Announcements From MWC 2011

Recap Of New HTC Smartphones, Tablet, and Announcements From MWC 2011

We had quite a rush of HTC news live from MWC 2011 this morning, so here’s a recap in case you didn’t catch everything. Our very own Chris Davies got plenty of hands-on time with the new product line up from HTC including the Incredible S, Wildfire S, Desire S, Chacha, and Salsa smartphones, as well as the Flyer tablet. Other HTC announcements included an updated version of their HTC Sense, a new video chat app, new support for OnLive cloud gaming service, and their partnership with Qualcomm to develop multi-core devices.

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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa eyes-on

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa eyes-on

HTC has locked the single HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa prototype units here at MWC 2011 behind glass, and they're not allowing our Facebook-addicted fingers to get any play right now. From what we can see, the ChaCha looks the more interesting of the pair; the physical QWERTY keyboard is nicely spaced on a surprisingly broad chassis, and the touchscreen - while small - is highly pixel dense.

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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC has announced a pair of Facebook phones at MWC 2011, two affordable Android devices with a focus on social networking. The first of the pair is the HTC ChaCha, a physical QWERTY handset paired with a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, followed by the HTC Salsa, an all-touch version with a 3.4-inch touchscreen. Both the ChaCha and Salsa have a dedicated Facebook button, hard-coded to instantly share content like photos, music links or Facebook Places location links.

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