Facebook recently presented Facebook Home to the world, an Android interface whose goal is to bring the users a completely new type of social interaction. This application will bring the social component to the center of the Smartphone pushing the rest of the applications to the background.
Approaching the event, there were rumours about a partnership between HTC and Facebook, leading everyone to think a Facebook smartphone was in the making, but it turned out quite differently.
In the same event where Facebook Home was presented the HTC First was also announced. This new smartphone, is not a Facebook phone, but an HTC regular smartphone that has Facebook Home as the root interface.
Technically, there is nothing out of the ordinary about the HTC First, which has also been said by HTC which asked customers to keep in mind that they have much more powerful smartphones on the market and that what was important was in fact the new interface. The First has a Qualcomm 8930AA Dual Core 1.4Ghz CPU and 1GB of RAM. You can also count on a 4.3-inch screen and two cameras, a 1.6MP frontal camera and a 5MP rear camera that is able to record Full HD 1080p videos.
This is a regular smartphone by all means when you take into account its specifications.
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The big advantage of the HTC First will definitely be the Facebook Home interface integration.
The First will not be the only device with this interface, as Facebook will announce the same interface on other devices next week. We believe the long partnership between Facebook and HTC might have lead to some software improvements when linking the Facebook Home to the device that might mean the HTC First will perform better with the new Facebook Home than other devices.
Facebook also made it clear in the Facebook Home page that the totality of the notifications of the new application will only be available in the HTC First, and that the downloadable version will only have the regular Facebook notifications.
When it comes to launch dates, the only guaranteed thing is that the HTC First will have its premiere in the US markets on the 12th of April, linked to AT&T with a price tag of 99$.
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Even though the HTC First is not a flagship by any means it has some weapons that might be useful when the time comes to make itself known in the markets. Since most people regularly use Facebook and it still is the biggest social network today, the First might be an amazing success in the markets, although its specifications are of a regular smartphone.
Again falls the rumour of a smartphone made by Facebook, but now we have the guarantee that Facebook is starting to bet on the mobile market.