INQ to move from BREW to Android

September 11th, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , ,

INQ Chat & INQ Mini

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In a bold, and hopefully successful move, INQ’s CEO, Frank Meehan, announced yesterday that INQ are planning to move away from BREW as the underlying platform they use to develop their phones, and instead use Android.  The INQ Chat and INQ Mini will ship before Christmas, but we believe they will be INQ’s last phones on the old platform, and their 2010 releases may all feature Android.

This is a good move.  Whilst the BREW platform is a good and easy platform, it has a number of limitations (things like not being able to support cell ID location information for apps, meaning Google Maps either has no location information, or has to have a GPS), which simply don’t exist with Android.

Not just that, but Frank stated they are “looking beyond QWERTY and Touch to wrap around and flex screens”, which shows they are still willing to innovate.  They also stated they will develop a custom Social Networking skin for their Android devices, resulting in greater functionality than they currently have in their INQ range, rather than less.

With the INQ Mini shipping from early October on 3UK, and only being £59.99 on PAYG (it will be free on £15 per month Texter tariff and free on all Mix’n’Match tariffs; although both will carry a minimum 18-month contract term), it should sell well in the meantime.

We’re hoping to get review units of both the INQ Mini and INQ Chat in shortly to see how these INQ BREW Handsets shape up, and we will bring you more news on their Android devices as they become available.

If you want to watch the video of Frank from yesterday, head over to The Really Mobile Project, who have the video available here.


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