LG, Samsung integrate social networking into latest phones

LG and Samsung have taken a shine to social networking with their latest phones, which they previewed ahead of the phones' official unveilings at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

lg mini and samsung monteBoth of the South Korean handset titans said their respective phones have slick, industrial designs, multimedia features, and--at their core--tight social networking integration. The phones each have touchscreens, WiFi and several other features that are becoming standard in most smartphones.

LG's new device, called the Mini GD880, has built-in Facebook and Twitter applications and a social networking feed that provides updates from multiple sources on the phone's home screen. The updates are tied to contacts in the phone's address book. The device has a 3.2-inch screen, HSPA 7.2 connectivity and a 5-megapixel camera with image and video sharing for social networking sites.

Samsung's latest creation, the Monte, has Samsung's updated TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, built-in Facebook and MySpace applications as well as Twitter and Bebo widgets. The phone allows users to chat in real-time with users from multiple social networking services. The Monte's GPS receiver also connects to Google Latitude, allowing users to share their location with friends on a map. The device has a 3-inch touchscreen display, WiFi and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

More handset makers have been making social networking integration the core feature of their phones. INQ became famous for building phones based around Facebook and Twitter, and Motorola has designed an entire user interface, MotoBLUR, on social networking.

For more:
- see the Samsung release and the LG release
- see this IDG News Service article
- see this Infosync post

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