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Facebook Home ROM Leaked Ahead Of Release

We have reported previously that Facebook might be releasing their personalized version of Android which will be used in an upcoming HTC device. Today, a system dump of the Facebook phone has just been leaked which shows that it’s not a fork of the Android OS but instead acts more like a launcher. The leak is brought to us by the guys over at Android Police who were able to get a pre-release version.

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The build property is as follows

  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Model: MYSTUL (Myst_UL)
  • Carrier: AT&T
  • Platform: MSM8960 (Dual Core)
  • Ram: 1GB
  • Display: 4.3 inch @ 720p resolution
  • Android Version: 4.1.2
  • Sense Version: 4.5
  • Rear Camera = 5M
  • Front Camera = 1.6M
  • No SD Card
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n

From here it shows that it’s going to be the HTC Myst that will become the upcoming Facebook phone. According to the leak Facebook Home is going to be a special app that is different from the regular Facebook app that we have. The app has a package name of “com.facebook.wakizashi” which is different from the regular Facebook app which is named “com.facebook.katana.”

It also appears that the upcoming app won’t be an HTC exclusive as a close examination of the code reveals references to the Samsung’s TouchWiz UI which runs on the S4 and Note II.

The extra permissions of this new app are as follows

  • SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW – The Facebook app can spawn windows that stay on top of all other windows. According to the Android docs, “these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.”
  • DISABLE_KEYGUARD – It can turn off your lock screen.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED – Facebook starts as soon as your phone starts.
  • GET_TASKS – The Facebook app can see what apps you have currently running.
  • CHANGE_WIFI_STATE – It can control your WiFi connection

As far as for the device itself, it looks like it’s going to be a mid-range smartphone. What we know so far is that it’s going to use a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p 4.3-inch display.

via androidpolice

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