HTC ChaCha

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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HTC’s Facebook button is the Start of Something Big

HTC’s Facebook button is the Start of Something Big

Yesterday HTC announced two new phones the ChaCha and the Salsa. Each included a new and unique implementation with the social networking giant Facebook. As I listened to HTC CMO John Wang talk about how deeply they integrated the Facebook experience into these devices I became convinced they are on to something.

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AT&T Will Carry HTC Facebook Phones And More Android Phones Later This Year

AT&T Will Carry HTC Facebook Phones And More Android Phones Later This Year

It seems like with the end of iPhone exclusivity, AT&T is really broadening its smartphone offerings. The carrier just announced that they will be carrying HTC's Facebook phones later this year and will be adding at least twelve Android devices to their line up.

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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 hands-on [Video]

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa hands-on [Video]

Looks like we spoke too soon on the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa; while the company first told us they only had a couple of devices at MWC 2011, locked up in a cabinet not even Mark Zuckerberg could penetrate, we later managed to grab some proper hands-on time with a pair of prototypes. Check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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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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Mark Zuckerberg: “We’re going to see multiple Facebook devices this year”

Mark Zuckerberg: “We’re going to see multiple Facebook devices this year”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been featured at the HTC MWC 2011 press event this morning, discussing the new HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa. Appearing in a video recording, Zuckerberg referred to the persistent - and much-denied - rumors of a single, Facebook-branded device, and why that's not the direction the social network has decided to take.

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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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