We’ve been monitoring the progress of the “Facebook” phone, known as the HTC ChaCha, as it is set to be released by AT&T in the U.S. after having already been released in the United Kingdom. Today Boy Genius Report has a post stating that the phone’s name will be changed to the HTC Status when it goes on sale in the U.S., which is expected to happen in the coming weeks.
After HTC first announced the ChaCha it was revealed that the human powered search engine company ChaCha Inc. sued HTC for trademark infringement. No doubt HTC decided it was simpler and quicker to change the name of the phone than trying to fight the case in court.
The key feature of the HTC Status for Facebook fans is the dedicated Facebook hardware button. To enter a status update or post to a friend’s wall, you press the Facebook button once and then type the message. If you press and hold the button, Facebook Places loads, which you can then check-in. To share a web page or the name of a song your listening, you press the Facebook button with either one open, which enables you to post a link with message to your wall.
Other features of the HTC Status include a front facing, hardware QWERTY keyboard, a 2.6-inch display, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front facing camera. The Status will run Android 2.2.3 and will have a 800 Mhz processor.