Yesterday, HTC and Facebook unveiled the new Facebook-HTC First smartphone. HTC First is a new deeply integrated Facebook phone that is going to use the newly-revealed Facebook Home user interface.
The HTC First smartphone features the Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The device features a 4.3-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It has a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, a flash, and 4G LTE from AT&T.
The Facebook-inspired HTC First phone comes preloaded with the newly-announced Facebook Home, a new user interface overlay that replaces the Home screen of select Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, HTC One X and HTC One X+ with Facebook’s software.
Meanwhile, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the new Facebook Home user interface/software for Android prioritizes and puts people first, not apps.
Furthermore, HTC’s “Facebook” phone will also come preloaded with Instagram, and will come in four different body colors. This mobile phone will be sold exclusively by AT&T in the United States for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.
Would this HTC First smartphone from HTC and Facebook collaboration be more successful and noteworthy than previously launched Facebook-integrated phones’ HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
- HTC expects Sense 5 for select 2012 phones (reviews.cnet.com)
- The HTC First is the first HTC phone to run a stock version of Android since the G2, but nobody noticed (phandroid.com)
- HTC buddies up with Facebook for two social-networking phones (reviews.cnet.com)