HTC faces a lawsuit over their Facebook phone, the HTC ChaCha
HTC revealed its Facebook phone, the HTC ChaCha only recently, but a lawsuit has been filed against HTC by questions and answers service, ChaCha for infringing its trademark.
ChaCha Search Inc. asserts that it owns the ChaCha trademark in the United States and Europe. The claim was filed in the Indian Southern District Court.
The reason behind the lawsuit is that the new smartphone's brand is likely to confuse people, who might think the HTC phone and their service is connected. ChaCha already provides mobile phone services with its mobile website and mobile apps for iOS, BlackBerry and Android devices.
HTC launched the ChaCha with the Salsa at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. Each phone has a dedicated Facebook button which allows users to share items on Facebook. Bear in mind though, these aren't official Facebook phones.
The HTC ChaCha features a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6 480x320 capacitative touchscreen, with the new version of HTC Sense that is optimised for landscape mode. Running on Android 2.4 Gingerbread, the ChaCha will have a main 5-megapixel camera and a secondary VGA camera.
The Facebook-centric HTC phones are rumoured to arrive on June 17 2011. But will the HTC ChaCha still be called the same? Watch this space.