INQ Intros Two New Social Networking Phones
Today INQ announced two new handsets that are being targeted at heavy users of social networks such as Twitter. In 2008, INQ introduced the "Facebook" phone. These two new devices continue that trend, and bring with them a native Twitter application that is built into the user interface. Users log in once, and the phone will always be connected to Twitter and update automatically. Other social networking services built into the phones include Facebook, Skype and instant messaging. INQ also worked closely with Google to develop a native Gmail app that resides on the phones, offering end users full push email. Both handsets offer 3G, GPS, built-in media syncing and modem tethering with both Windows and Apple computers, support for microSD cards up to 8GB, and over-the-air updates for all on-board messaging services. INQ expects both phones to launch overseas during the fourth quarter. INQ was not prepared to make any announcements about U.S. distribution.
- INQ Chat: This QWERTY-equipped phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and has a 2.4 QVGA display.
- INQ Mini: This monoblock phone has a 2.0 megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch display.
Twitter Wants You to Dress Up Images with Stickers
Twitter today said it is bringing stickers to its Android and iOS mobile apps. Twitter users can browse through Twitter's library of hundreds of accessory, emoji, and prop stickers to "make your photos more fun." Twitter says people can use multiple stickers on a single photo, as well as resize and rotate the stickers to better fit the image.
Microsoft Trots Out Nokia 222 Feature Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 222, a bar-style feature phone that runs Nokia Series 30+ and includes only the most essential functions. The Nokia 222's core apps include MSN Weather, Bing Search, Opera Mini, as well as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter.
Microsoft Overhauls Skype, Adds Highlight Reels
Microsoft has totally re-envisioned its Skype messaging application and, in the process, made it more like Snapchat and Facebook Messenger. To start, Skype offers more personalization.
Twitter's Digits Sign-in Service Now Available on the Web
Twitter today expanded the availability of its Digits sign-in service to the web. Digits, which was made available to Android and iOS apps last fall, lets people use a mobile apps' phone-based login to access the web site associated with the app rather than requiring people to use an email address and password, or social networking credentials.
Twitter More Prominently Suggesting Who to Follow
Twitter has tweaked its Android and iOS mobile apps by adding "who to follow" suggestions directly to users' timelines. Twitter says it relies on a number of factors to determine the suggested accounts, including users' email and phone contacts, as well as what types of accounts they already follow.
yea that hasnt been done before.