AT&T Reportedly Set To Discontinue the HTC First

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After just a mere month, AT&T is allegedly ready to discontinue the HTC First and send unsold units back to HTC following poor sales of the device. A BGR report claims that AT&T will discontinue the HTC First as soon as it is able to. Prior to the phone’s release, HTC purchased shelf space in […]

Facebook Home Update to Add App Dock and More

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When Facebook launched Facebook Home it promised routine updates and changes, and today it announced some of the first changes coming to the social Android launcher. According to TechCrunch Facebook announced that more than 1 million users downloaded Facebook Home since its launch last month. That not large compared to the 1 billion active Facebook […]

AT&T Now Offers the HTC First for $0.99

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Less than a month after the debut of the “Facebook phone” AT&T now lists the HTC First for $0.99, instead of the original $99.99. When the HTC First arrived on AT&T the carrier sold the first phone with Facebook Home pre-installed for $99.99, an average price for a mid-range Android smartphone. Now, slightly less than […]

Facebook Home for iOS a Closer Reality Thanks to Jailbreak Tweak

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While Facebook brought the essence of its new Facebook Home UI and app launcher experience from Android to iOS through a Facebook app update that brought the Chat Heads messaging GUI to iPhone and iPad users within the Facebook app, all remaining traces of Home are left behind once users exit the iOS app. Now, […]

Twitter Home Screen for Android Could Take on Facebook Home

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A home screen powered by Twitter could be in Android’s future, that’s the gist of what Twitter executives told AllThingsD during yesterday’s sessions at the publication’s Dive Into Mobile conference. When asked if Twitter would also be creating its own Android homescreen replacement to allow users to see Tweets at a glance, Michael Sippey, Twitter’s […]

Google Chairman Talks Facebook Home, Samsung Relationship

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While on stage at D: Dive Into Mobile, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said he loves Facebook Home. He also said that Google has a good relationship with Samsung, despite recent rumors. When an attendee asked Schmidt about Facebook Home the chairman said he loves the alternative launcher because it’s “what open source is about.” He went […]

Facebook in Talks to Break into Apple’s, Microsoft’s Walled Gardens

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In an interview with Bloomberg, Facebook’s director of product Adam Mosseri revealed that the company is now engaged in active dialogue with Apple and Microsoft in trying to get its recently unveiled Facebook Home user interface onto the iOS and Windows Phone ecosystems respectively. The social network giant, which has thus far enjoyed a good relationship […]

Facebook Home Review: Surprisingly Useful but Lacks Widgets & Folders

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Earlier this month Facebook announced Facebook Home, an Android launcher, an app that takes over the phone’s home screen replacing interfaces like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. We tested it on a Samsung Galaxy S3, one of only six compatible phones, and the results are surprising. Facebook Home sounded like a nightmare that only diehard […]

Messenger Brings The Best Part of Facebook Home To All Android Phones

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Facebook Home arrives on Android today for a small number of devices, and Chat Heads, arguably the best feature of Home, is now available for all Android users. The latest version of Facebook Messenger brings Chat Heads to any Android phone, giving all users the chance to have their messages pop-up over any app they’re using. The feature makes […]

Facebook Home Pre-release Leaks

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Facebook Home will arrive in the Google Play Store this Friday, April 12, but a pre-release version of the Android launcher leaked for those who want to try it a few days early. MoDaCo reports the Facebook Home leak comes from a leaked ROM for the HTC First. Home consists of three apps or APKs: […]

Despite Facebook Home, HTC First May Be a Phone for Android Purists

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Despite being the first Android smartphone to launch pre-loaded with the Facebook Home launcher out of the box, the HTC First may be a great phone for Android users who prefer a pure Google experience. According to HTC, the HTC First runs a stock Android build–Facebook told GottaBeMobile that the phone runs Android 4.1 under the […]

This is How Facebook Home Looks on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Video)

Mark Zuckerberg introducing Facebook Home; photo credit: Instagram.com/chuongvision

We saw Facebook Home being showcased as an out-of-box experience on the HTC First, but Facebook also promised that on April 12th, users will be able to download the free Facebook Home launcher onto select devices, so how does it look and work? We had a chance to sit down with a Facebook designer and […]

HTC First Hands-On With Facebook Home UI (Video)

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We got a chance to take the HTC First for a spin today, which is the first official ‘Facebook phone’ that comes pre-loaded with the Facebook Home user interface. Though you can download the Facebook Home UI as a replacement for your widgets and pre-loaded UI on some of the more popular Android phones starting […]

HTC First: The ‘Facebook Phone’ with Facebook Home

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At the end of its press event to announce Facebook Home the social network announced the first phone to ship with Home is the new HTC First on AT&T. The HTC First looks a lot like an iPhone 4, except that it comes in more colors and it has a couple extra buttons. The phone […]

Facebook announces Facebook Home, Coming To Google Play April 12

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Today at an event in San Francisco Facebook announced Facebook Home, its new suite of apps for Android. Facebook’s goal with Home is to build a phone experience built around people, instead of apps. To do that the social network replaced the lockscreen and homescreen with what it calls the Cover Feed. That replaces widgets […]

How To Watch The ‘Facebook Phone’ Event Live

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Today at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT Facebook will announce its new home on Android,” but you don’t have to live in the Bay Area to watch the event live. At the event Facebook will likely announce its new Facebook Home, a new Facebook app that comes with a custom Android launcher. Leaks of the […]

Facebook Home & Facebook Phone Leak Allegedly Shows All

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A new collection of photos from 9To5Google show the UI of the rumored HTC First, also known as the “Facebook Phone.” The new photos show what Facebook home may look like on the HTC First, and possible on other smartphones. They seem to show the custom app launcher, a new lockscreen with iOS-like notifications and a […]

Why a Facebook Phone May Be Just As Good for Business

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With rumors swirling about the Facebook Phone–also rumored to be called Facebook Home, HTC First, HTC Myst, or HTC Opera depending on the leaks you read and when those leaks debuted–the question remains can the social networking giant appeal to business users as it has for consumers with its first real foray into the smartphone […]

Is this the Real Facebook Phone?

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A leaked photo from @evleaks shows what could be the final design and name for the HTC Myst, a.k.a. the “Facebook Phone.” The photo shows a rather generic smartphone that looks a bit like an iPhone that carries the name “HTC First.” The phone’s name uses the same blue that Facebook uses through its website […]

Facebook Home Coming Soon for HTC Myst, Other Android Phones

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A leaked android application package (APK) of the new Facebook app for Android shows the specs of the phone Facebook Home will release on, along with a few other hints at its functionality. Code in the leaked APK obtained by Android Police shows it will come to an HTC phone called the HTC Myst. The phone […]