By February 10, 2011

INQ announce a duo of Facebook phones

cloud touchOur fellow Londoners at INQ have announced two new socially orientated phones, the Cloud Touch and Cloud Q. Both feature deep enough Facebook integration (using Facebook’s Social Graph API) to earn the title of ‘Facebook phone’ and rightly so – access to your Facebook Wall, Messages, Friends, Chat and Notifications are all available straight from the homescreens. Both phones also feature TouchType’s Fluency Prediction Engine which guesses the words you’re about to type based on your previous tendencies and some black magic. They’ll also feature Spotify integration for the musical duties.

As for the phone’s themselves, the Cloud Touch is a full-touch Android 2.2 based affair with a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen and 5MP camera. The Cloud Q has exactly the same specs but trades the large screen for a qwerty keyboard. The Cloud Touch is expected to be available in April and the Cloud Q sometime in Q3.

For full specs and information, see the press release after the break.


Social messaging, the way it should be.

LONDON, UK – INQ’s new Facebook®-integrated AndroidT phone range will be the world’s first to come embedded with the text prediction technology behind SwiftKey, TouchType announced Thursday.

The INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q, unveiled today by the London-based social phone manufacturer, will have TouchType’s FluencyT Prediction Engine embedded into the stock keyboard. The INQ Keyboard, developed by TouchType in partnership with INQ, offers Fluency’s groundbreaking next-word predictions as you type.

Coupled with the INQ Cloud’s deep Facebook integration, the INQ Keyboard provides an unrivalled social messaging experience. The technology underpinning it understands the relationship between words to offer highly accurate predictions that learn as you type, to offer a personal prediction experience, in your own writing style.

TouchType CEO Jon Reynolds said: "We are very proud to have partnered with INQ, a fellow UK-based company who are leading the charge with social mobile. We see a real growth in text communication on smartphones, and there’s no better way to enhance this experience than from the keyboard up."

The Cloud Touch and Cloud Q are the first Android phones to integrate with Facebook to offer one-touch links on the home screen to Facebook Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications. The phones are also the first mobiles to use the Facebook social graph API, making it easy for people to follow updates from the friends they interact with most.

TouchType’s CTO Ben Medlock said: "With this phone, sending messages is so much more than entering characters into a keyboard. We are talking about communicating effortlessly with people who mean the most to you, wherever you are, in a way that’s truly personal. These beautifully designed INQ phones integrate with our language technology to provide an unrivalled social messaging experience."

Ken Johnstone, INQ co-founder and Products and Design Director said: "INQ has always looked to make messaging smarter and easier for our customers. It’s fundamental to our mission. We’ve loved the work TouchType have been doing and it was great to find a fellow UK-based business sharing a similar vision."

Reynolds added: "This partnership represents a major step forward for TouchType, and underlines our product leadership position. INQ have recognized the power of Fluency, our unique contextual prediction technology, and the announcement of this partnership caps of an incredible start to 2011 for us."

Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.


Features of the INQ Keyboard:

  • Unique next-word prediction engine based on word context
  • Rapid and comprehensive learning of individual writing style
  • Up to 50% greater text entry efficiency than other market solutions
  • A third of next words predicted without any character input
  • Relevant, personalized predictions
  • 14 languages supported, with ability to predict in two languages simultaneously: English (US), English (UK), Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (PT), Portuguese (BR), Spanish, Swedish
  • Advanced error correction designed for small mobile keyboards
  • Inline spelling and grammar correction
  • Automatic accent insertion (for non-English character entry)

INQ Cloud Touch specifications:

  • Android Froyo 2.2 platform
  • World’s first Fluency-powered keyboard technology
  • Built with a modular approach making upgrade to Gingerbread easy
  • Instant Messaging for WLM, G-Talk and Facebook Chat
  • Free push email across major domains, including Microsoft Exchange
  • Info Key to quick access to key handset functions
  • Fast unlock for quick access to key functions
  • Backup and sync, plus firmware upgrades to later software releases Hardware
  • Processor: Qualcomm 7227 chipset, 600MHz
  • Triband HSPA (7.2/ 5.76Mbps), Quadband GSM, EDGE + WiFi
  • Size: 3.5" inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with extended 10mm touch strip
  • Memory: 4MB with option to add more
  • 5 MP autofocus camera
  • 1300mAh battery
  • WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, accelerometer, compass, ambient light and proximity sensors
  • MicroUSB charging, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Accessories included: 4GB microSD Card, Travel Charger & USB Cable, Stereo Headset, Quick Start Guide


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