Android vs Windows Phone 7: At least one handset maker thinking about it

The blockbuster deal between Motorola and Google is forcing many of the smaller handset makers to rethink their reliance on Google’s Android operating system. INQ, the company that came up with a Skype phone and a Facebook phone, is now looking at supporting Windows Phone 7.

Review: Meet The Facebook Phone, INQ Cloud Touch

INQ, the upstart handset maker from London has created a smartphone that is less Android and more Facebook. And by adding Spotify music service to the mix, the company has created a Facebook addict’s dream phone. Sometimes you wonder why Google apps are even there.

INQ Launches in India

INQ today launched its social mobile phones in India. With MS Dhoni, captain of the Indian cricket team, as its spokesperson and Aircel as launch partner, the company hopes to sell INQ Mini 3G and the INQ Chat 3G in large volumes in India.

This Week in Mobile Tech Manor #77: Gmail Got Better

My favorite time of the week is here for the 77th time! That’s the time I get to share the happenings at my home office, Mobile Tech Manor (MTM). Gmail was updated in a good way, and a couple of new programs entered the Manor.

INQ to Make Android Phones

Facebook Phone Fireside ChatINQ plans to release an Android-based phone by next year, company CEO Frank Meehan revealed, joining a small — yet growing — group of handset makers building phones on top of the Google (s goog) mobile OS platform, including Motorola (s mot) and HTC. Meehan told Om that the older players in the handset market have been sluggish in adapting new mobile operating systems, which is a risky strategy as new, nimble handset makers like INQ enter the ring. He said Motorola made the right move by making the leap to Android to rejuvenate its business. “In this game, you’ve got to come out with a handset every year,” said Meehan. “You can’t just hang around.” Read More about INQ to Make Android Phones

Google Planning for Android to Be Very Social Mobile OS

[qi:gigaom_icon_google-android] Google (s goog) is looking to make future versions of its Android operating system more social, said Andy Rubin, one of its creators and Google’s vice president of engineering (platforms), at an event in San Francisco earlier this morning. The event was held with T-Mobile USA to announce the launch of its newest Android-based phone, the MyTouch.

Frank Meehan, CEO of INQ Mobile, a speaker at our Mobilize 09 conference, must be really proud. He was the first to develop a device that specifically marries social networking to mobiles. And now everyone is doing it — including Google. Read More about Google Planning for Android to Be Very Social Mobile OS