Let’s agree to one thing, almost all of us who use smartphones use facebook. Right? And we have a facebook application installed on our smartphone, to access facebook from within and get the user experience that Zuckerberg wants you to have when you are using facebook from a smartphone. Well, here’s something new: Zuckerberg and his facebook team has announced Facebook Home and HTC has announced the HTC First, which is basically the first phone running Facebook Home by default.
What is Facebook Home?
Facebook Home is a launcher, like most other launchers you get on Android. If you don’t know, a launcher is an application that determines how your homescreens, lockscreen and app icons are displayed. Facebook Home runs on top of Android devices, so facebook didn’t really have to build a totally different operating system for users to experience the facebook-only or facebook-targeted UI on their mobile devices. So,, what happens when you have the Facebook Home on your Android? Well, here’s the list:
So, rounding up, Facebook Home is a pretty decent launcher which will turn your existing Android phone into a Facebook Phone. Facebook Home will be available to download from Google Play from 12th April, 2013. Only HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II will get Facebook Home. This leads me to a conclusion that this launcher needs a bit of power to run, or I might be wrong, as facebook might add support for other devices too. You’ll need to install the latest Facebook and Messenger apps on your device first, in order to install Facebook Home.
What is HTC First?
HTC First is the first device that runs the Facebook Home by default. One can even go to the extent of calling it another of HTC’s Facebook Phones, but it’s quite different from the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa.
The specifications of the HTC First are as follows:
The HTC First is exclusive only to AT&T in the US as of now. The device is up for pre-order and will cost $99 with a two-year contract. The device will be up for sale from 12th April, which is the date Facebook Home will be released on Google Play. HTC First will be offered by Orange and EE in Europe, but the date of availability is unknown. Also, there’s no info on international launch and price of the device. Grab one if you’re in the US and want to try this device!