The much awaited announcement from Facebook has come out. It is official now. The social networking giant is not into building phones to compete with Google or Apple. Instead it announced an all new Android App – the “Facebook Home”.
“Today our phones are designed around apps, not people – we want to flip that around,” Facebook co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said as he launched the software at its headquarters in California.
HTC has been the first company to produce a Facebook home phone. The HTC First features the Facebook Home software and is available at a cheaper price of $99.99 with the AT&T carrier. The device has a 4.3-inch 720p display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of memory and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Be connected with your Facebook posts always
A recent survey indicated that the Android users usually spend an average of a whopping 18 percent of their mobile-phone time on the Facebook app. With these figures in mind, the Facebook home software replaces the home and lock screens with “cover feed,” a slick, image-heavy slideshow of the top recent posts in your Facebook feed.
The Facebook phone pops up your friends’ profile pictures as little circles in front of whatever else you’re doing on the phone, when they text you or send a Facebook message, or write on your Facebook timeline. This is an all new peppy and playful way of displaying friends’ activities on the Facebook home.