The HTC Facebook shortcut
HTC has created their own one-button trend, the “Facebook share button”. HTC Salsa is one of the latest smartphones to hit the United Arab Emirates market. While all other phone functionality is done through the haptic touchscreen, only Facebook sits proudly and comfortably as a button.
Why it matters
HTC has raised the bar for social mobile phones. The need for easy and quick access to social media platforms is rising in the UAE and HTC is responding to that. How long will it take for UAE marketers to finally take the jump and start developing social media strategies? Is this new trend enough to provide them with an understanding of the role social media plays in this part of the world?
Sony has unveiled a new smartphone which has a 'floating interface' touchless display. Users simply browse the web by hovering a finger above links they would normally touch. The Xperia Sola handset is due to go on sale in the second half of 2012.
Swifts are birds facing extinction because they don't have enough places to nest. So to find the largest concentration of Swifts and install new nests there, we decided to use the highly identifiable sound Swifts make to get everyday people to locate the places where there are Swifts in large numbers.
We ran spots that asked listeners to do something simple: Hear the sound. Identify the sound. Tag the sound by texting your location. SMS reports sent in, were fed into a map, making the solution visible and actionable. All that was left to do was install additional nests where needed.