HTC announced today at Mobile World Congress that it is releasing two new phones with tight Facebook integration all the way down to dedicated (and somewhat awkwardly placed, imho) Facebook buttons.
The Salsa and ChaCha are interesting concepts, especially if you think about how it could be integrated as a communication tool, especially how Facebook could essentially replace your phone’s contact list. Extrapolating this concept further can offer some wild possibilities such as just having a Facebook communicator handset tied into their messaging, chat, sms, games, photos, video all run on a data network; no need for cell phone minutes at all. They’re not there yet, but it could be a possibility in the future. Maybe even as a starter phone for younger users who live on Facebook.
If this data charted by Business Insider and tracked by ComScore is any indication, these Facebook phones aren’t going to go away anytime soon:
Both HTC phones are running on the Android operating system, which HTC has a lot of experience customizing for it’s popular Sense interface.
During the announcement, there was a quick video of Mark Zuckerberg discussing the announcement where he also pointed out that this wasn’t just the only ‘Facebook phones’ coming to market over the next year, he said ‘dozens’ will be released. (Video available below)