11/3/2010 3:54:00 PM
Facebook expected to unveil INQ handset tonight
Facebook is expected to reveal a new partnership with handset manufacturer INQ at an event tonight in California.
The social networking site is holding a ‘Facebook Mobile’ event, where a handset manufactured by INQ, but branded by Facebook will be unveiled.
The handset is expected to run on Android and will feature an instant messaging service similar to the BlackBerry IM.
Facebook initially denied that it was ‘building’ the phone, but reports suggested that Facebook is working on the software itself and commissioning a third party for the hardware.
INQ’s name first entered the frame as the hardware partner when Li-Ka Shing, INQ’s main source of funding, was revealed as a shareholder in Facebook.