How to Get the New Facebook Home Phone – HTC Android

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Lots of speculation today over the announcement on what will be the rumored first Facebook Phone. Except that it really is not a Facebook OS, but more a skinned version of Android running on HTC hardware. Facebook is focused on getting its various apps front and center, and building a phone around Facebook’s toolset does make sense. The Verge is reporting the Facebook Phone is sort of already here, but there could be some surprises. 9to5 Google has some screenshots of Facebook Home Android UI which supposedly leaked. Details on how to get the Facebook phone will be announced later today, I’ll update this post as info comes in. The best places to check for the latest info on the phone will be Techmeme and The Verge.

UPDATE:
– Here is the live streamed blog coverage of Live from Facebook’s ‘New Home on Android’ Event from The Verge – HTC First
– Official Facebook Newsroom Post
– Details on getting one – HTC and Facebook announce the First smartphone with AT&T, arriving April 12th for $99.99

Here is a video overview of the Facebook Phone:

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Above Image – Facebook Home on HTC First Smartphone

From Facebook:

How To Get Home
Home will be available as a free download from the Google Play Store starting April 12. Home works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II. Home will also work on the forthcoming HTC One and Samsung GALAXY S4, and on more devices in the coming months. Home will also be available pre-installed on phones through the Facebook Home Program. HTC and AT&T are the first companies working together to deliver a phone with Home. It’s called the HTC First and it goes on sale April 12.

We designed Home to be the next version of Facebook. But we also wanted to do something more. We wanted to reimagine the way we all use computing devices to make us more connected and bring us closer to the people we care about.

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Above Image – Facebook Home on HTC First Smartphone

It will be interesting to see who the target demographic is for this. People absolutely love their iPhones, and people also, yes it’s true, absolutely love their Android phones, but will people love a Facebook phone? Many have an uneasy mix of feeling apathy and privacy violation, and see Facebook as a necessary evil that is kind of hard to ignore, since everyone is on it.

At my running group last night, we were making plans to run this weekend. When the topic of “Facebook me” came up there was a mix of emotions. Some were off it, some were off but back on it begrudgingly, some were tired of it. There was a thread of stress once the topic of Facebook came up. Although when the conversation turned to Pinterest, everyone seemed to love it, so maybe a less angst-ridden “Pinterest me” will be in our future.

I don’t mind Facebook and have been on it for years personally and for my business, I think once you figure out the privacy controls it can be set the way you want it. I have unfortunately maxed out on my friend list, so I am less enthused about it since I am cut off from making new connections. As for a phone, I am sticking with Apple’s iOS iPhone 5, because a Facebook phone would be very similar to a Google phone, focused on gaining as much personal info as possible to serve me what it thinks I want, and also to serve me ads. Make no mistake, Google and Facebook are a business to sell ads, and a phone based on either will reflect that. Apple is in the business of selling hardware, and making great software to support it, web ads (and privacy violation) are not the business model.

It will be interesting to see how a Facebook phone fares in an already crowded marketplace, no matter who the demographic may be.

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