Facebook recently sent out invites to their event entitled “Come see out new home in Android” and after that lots of speculations surfaced the web. It’s almost April 4 but we were already given a chance to look at what could be the very first Facebook phone.
Hearing about a rumor regarding a planned Facebook smartphone isn’t new, and we’ve already seen countless reports on that. This time, it seems like Mark Zuckerberg is finally going for it, for real. This leaked image came from a trusted source, @evleaks – which is known to leak the images of upcoming devices ahead of their official announcement. But whether this is the real thing or not, we can’t be sure until the said event.
The smartphone that was leaked in earlier reports has a codename of ‘Myst’ and it looks like we’re currently looking at the actual device here. Called as ‘HTC First’, this phone is said to carry Facebook’s new launcher-like feature on Android that’ll make browsing the world’s most popular social networking site easier and faster. Android Police had the chance to play with the software but they can’t do much since only authorized people and Facebook employees are allowed to log-in from the app. In case you’re interested in seeing the APK teardown performed by the folks from Android Police, you can check it out here.
HTC First is rumored to sport a mid-range configuration with not-so-powerful specs which is quite obvious if they will market this as a Facebook-centered device. It will feature a 4.3-inch HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera, and LTE. It will also run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 4.5 UI and of course, the rumored Facebook Home.
I don’t really see the need on this type of device considering that a Facebook app is available on almost all mobile platforms and it can be accessed almost instantly. What I’m more interested in is an improved Facebook for android as it fails everytime they update it, based on my experience and the Play Store reviews.
But I know we all have our preferences, so now it’s your turn. Would you be interested in a Facebook-centered android phone?