Control-Alt-Facebook? Social network gets dedicated hardware button on HTC ‘Status’

Take that, Google+? A day after the search giant unveiled what amounts to a social network of its own, phone maker HTC has come out with a device that symbolizes Facebook’s position at the center of the online zeitgeist.

The new HTC Status, announced by AT&T and HTC this morning, comes with a dedicated Facebook hardware button at the bottom of the traditional mobile keyboard. The companies say the device allows for one-touch sharing of content from the phone to the user’s Facebook wall, mobile check-ins, and other sharing.

“HTC Status brings a Facebook experience to people who want to share their experiences with their friends faster and easier than ever before,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of  HTC Americas, in a news release announcing the new phone. “With a dedicated Facebook share button combined with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC Status makes it easy for people to stay connected to the things that are important to them.”

It’s an Android device, with a 2.6-inch touch screen in addition to the physical keyboard. No word yet on pricing, but it’s slated to come out on AT&T this summer.

More details available on the HTC Status Facebook page, naturally.

  • Guest

    I see a dedicated Google+ button. Just hold down the “N” key and “+” is produced.

    By the way, why does this phone have keys for F, f, and Fn?

  • virt hdd

    I like the “Status’” Blackberry looking form factor.
    Good phone for heavy Facebook users and / or those who like physical keyboards!
    con: small screen size

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