The first phone that Hutchison Whampoa-owned INQ Mobile built was known for its tight integration with Facebook, and drove 65 percent of users to use the social network regularly — a figure more in line with the iPhone, but much higher than phones in that price range.
Nine months after launching the phone, the company is unveiling two new handsets that will work with Twitter and will sync with songs stored in iTunes or Windows Media Player. The INQ Chat, which has a Qwerty keyboard, and the smaller INQ Mini, will launch in Q4.
While some players are increasingly moving away from applications and argue that eventually everything will be accessed through a phone’s browser, INQ Mobile is dead-set against the idea. It builds the applications and even the hardware to make for the best experience. INQ’s Co-Founder Jeff Taylor said they worked with Facebook for 12 months to get it right, and the same with Twitter to the point where if Twitter goes down, the user will see the fail whale image on the phone. “We think both are really important, but what