The makers of the first Facebook phone (unofficial though) and the creators of social mobile phones, INQ Mobile, have let loose their unique UI and widgets on the Android Market. The apps – People, Social Sync and Social Widget Suite – can now give users the INQ social experience on any Android smartphone. But the bigger question here is what happens to INQ Mobile, the device? The company has always talked about its UI to be its USP and with that gone, we are not sure whether INQ Mobile still sees value in creating and retailing hardware. Hit the break to continue reading… Also Read - Mi 11 Lite first look: A OnePlus Nord CE 5G competitor?
INQ Mobile’s Android smartphones have not really been inspiring as its first feature phones. The problem with Android (and I believe, to a greater extent Windows Phone) is there is very little differentiation that a handset vendor can do and hope no one copies it. The threat has been even greater for vendors like INQ Mobile, which relied on its social networking experience – something that even Google had been working on as a base feature on Android. Today, almost every Android smartphone syncs the phonebook, photo gallery and status updates with Facebook – exactly what INQ Mobile was offering. With nothing new to offer, key executives (including co-founder Jeff Taylor) abandoning ship, the future for INQ Mobile does not look very bright. Also Read - Best free music download apps for Android device: Audiomack, Hungama, SoundCloud, YMusic App and more
However, on a more personal note, I hope it survives and bring something awesome. I have been a big fan of their products and still have a device lying around.