The only way HTC could hurt their sales even further is by teaming up with Facebook to bring out yet another Facebook themed phone that nobody really wants. Yet HTC have gone ahead and done it anyway. The new Facebook Home launcher that replaces your stock Android experience with something heavy on the social side has been bundled with the HTC First, the first (and last) smartphone to come with the software out of the box.
The app can be downloaded as a standalone add-on to any smartphone through Google Play, but after becoming one of the most down-voted apps on the store, HTC realized their mistake and have pulled back.
The HTC phone has already been discontinued at AT&T due to only reaching 15,000 sales, and it has now been confirmed that the Facebook-bloated HTC First will no longer make it to retail in the United Kingdom.
Engadget did some digging around on the subject to get a statement from Facebook, and Facebook replied with the following:
“Following customer feedback, Facebook has decided to focus on adding new customization features to Facebook Home over the coming months. While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience, they have recommended holding off launching the HTC First in the UK, and so we will shortly be contacting those who registered their interest with us to let them know of this decision. Rest assured, we remain committed to bringing our customers the latest mobile experiences, and we will continue to build on our strong relationship with Facebook so as to offer customers new opportunities in the future.”
Despite the bad sales of the HTC First, and a few bad business decisions in 2012, HTC may be making a slight comeback. With 5 million HTC One units sold already, the Taiwanese manufacturer still has a chance against Samsung, Sony and Apple.