All eyes are currently on Facebook, as it gears up to announce something huge at its Home on Android event on April 4. Though there are quite a few rumors going around about what Mark Zuckerberg might announce at the event, there has been nothing substantial up until now. The folks at Android Police have come across the firmware dump of the so-called Facebook Phone and have posted a detailed report of the developers-edition Android APK running on the device. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
The device stays true to our previous report, and is indeed called the HTC Myst. The specifications too are pretty much the same sporting a 4.3-inch 720p display and powered by a Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor and 1GB of RAM. The phone also includes features like 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera and connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.0. On the software side of the things the Myst seems to be running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean wrapped in a heavily modified Sense 4.5 UI.
Though the hardware isn t anything out of the ordinary, it is the Facebook software that will make this device exclusive. Facebook has replaced the stock Android homescreen on the device with its own, called Facebook Home. As we reported earlier today, Facebook Home is basically a feature that will allow you to customize what information from your messages to your News Feed you want to see on your phone s homescreen. Besides that, the Facebook app itself will be different from the official app found on other Android devices. This is evident from the naming of the Facebook package on this device which says “com.facebook.wakizashi” instead of the “com.facebook.katana.”
In addition to the above, there are also other modifications to the mobile OS like the inclusion of circular Facebook-themed icons and deeper integration between your contacts and the Facebook Messenger among others. But one of the most interesting bits revealed in the APK teardown is the support for TouchWiz which is a clear indication that Facebook Home should be available on Samsung and other Android smartphones sooner than later.
It will be interesting to see what else Facebook brings to the table besides the above mentioned things. Stay tuned as we will bring you all the information from the Home on Android event on April 4.