The HTC First launches April 12 running Facebook Home, and according to HTC and Facebook, the phone runs a slightly modified, “unforked” version of Android.
Is Facebook Home a danger for Google services available on Android devices, the kind of services that are essential to Google’s mobile money-making avenues?
The HTC First will be launching in the United Kingdom exclusively on the nation’s first 4G LTE carrier, EE, sometime during the summer.
Facebook says that Home will benefit app developers as well, by allowing them to further promote their content and better engage with their customers.
Facebook Home was announced today and will launch April 12 on the HTC First with support for other phones. Tablet support is coming “within several months”.
Video promos for the HTC First and demo videos for Facebook Home, Chat Heads, Cover Feed and Home Notifications are now available.
Right on schedule, Facebook has now announced its “Home on Android” launcher, bringing with it several features that help further integrate the Facebook experience into your mobile life. One of these features is the messaging program, Chat Heads.
Watch the livestream of the Facebook Android event here and stay tuned for more coverage. Facebook Home and other surprise announcements are possible.
Screenshots of the user interface of Facebook Home appeared online. The launcher is expected to debut on the HTC First, previously known as the Myst, at Facebook’s Android event tomorrow.
A purported image of the upcoming HTC Facebook phone – dubbed as “HTC first” – has hit the web a couple of days before the special Facebook Android event.