Facebook was expected to announce a new Android phone with a Facebook interface called the ‘Facebook Home’ today, and that’s exactly what they did at the media event in Menlo Park.
The new handset from Facebook is called HTC First, and it comes with a new interface ‘Facebook Home’.
However, it’s not a forked android.
The CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg explained it was more sensible to make a custom interface that remains open-source and allow customizations rather than releasing a separate Facebook phone.
Users will receive new home and lock screens on Home, which are based on native Facebook environment. They’ll be able to launch Android apps from Home’s launcher, view Facebook content, and use Facebook messaging with the new Chat ‘Heads app’.
The home screen will also display notifications from Android apps as on Any Android handset.
Another interesting feature announced was ‘Cover Feed’. This will provide users with constant content from Facebook in the form of images and news. Users would be able to stay up-to-date with what’s going on.
AT&T is already taking pre-orders for the new Facebook phone. It’s set for a April 10 release date. It costs $99 with an AT&T contract.
As for the HTC First “Facebook Phone” itself, it comes with a 4.3 inch LCD display at 720 pixels, a 5 megapixel back camera, a 1.6 megapixel front camera, a Snapdragon Qualcomm 400 dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4G LTE, HTC Sense 4.1 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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