Facebook will unveil its Home on Android at an event it is hosting on its campus tomorrow. Most people assumed that its going to be a HTC phone with a forked Android UI tailored for Facebook, but over the last few days it has been revealed that this merely could be a Facebook launcher for Android with deep system-wide integration, but the HTC smartphone has lived on. The smartphone appears to be very much in play and it is rumored this could perhaps be a showcase device for a premium Facebook experience. Well if rumors were not enough, an @Evleaks tweet is more than to confirm the existence. Also Read - MIUI 13 reportedly delayed due to need for further optimisations: Here's what we knowAlso Read - Sony PlayStation 5 games launching in Aug, Sept that we are excited to play
As usual @Evleaks tweeted out an image of a press render of a device called the HTC First. From the looks of it, the device looks pretty spartan and there are only three buttons on the bottom edge of the display. Notably, the phone is bereft of any HTC branding, so it will be interesting to see how, the device is positioned and marketed. Also Read - Best gaming mouse 2021: Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed, Logitech G502 HERO and more
Previously, a Facebook Home developer edition was leaked and according to that the device in question was the HTC Myst. The device is said to feature a 4.3-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front facing camera and it will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Facebook Home package is expected to be a launcher of sorts that will be compatible with various Android Skins like HTC Sense and even Samsung s TouchWiz, apart from plain vanilla Android. The idea will be to provide instant access to Facebook every time the user unlocks the phone as well as integrate messaging, contacts, camera and calendar, among others, with Facebook. This will not only increase the time a user spends on Facebook but would also provide more user information and usage patterns to the social networking site.
The HTC First is expected to be the sole marquee smartphone, which Facebook would use to demonstrate its Facebook Home concept. However, we see little reason for Facebook to dabble in hardware as it would aim to be present on as many Android smartphones as possible rather than being stuck with a few players. We expect Facebook to launch Facebook Home as an application that would be available on Google Play to ensure widespread availability.