The wait is finally over as Facebook finally discussed their latest plans in the mobile world. The company revealed an app that when installed in your device places the social network front and center on your homesceen. In line with this HTC also announced the HTC First which will be the very first Android device that will come pre-loaded with the Facebook Home app.
HTC CEO Peter Chou said that the HTC First will be the “ultimate social phone”. While not much about its specifications are known as of this moment we do know that it comes with support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. It has a 4.3 inch display and will also be the first device to be using the new Snapdragon 400 processor.
This device will ship in four colors which are black, white, red and pale blue. It will be available exclusively through AT&T stores and online starting April 12 with pre-orders already available. The device costs $99 and comes with a two year contract.
Some of the features of the HTC First are
- Cover feed: A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone. It lets you stay up-to-date on your friends’ latest activities in real-time, all the time.
- Chat Heads: The mobile messenger lets you jump in and out of conversations while you do other things, like watch a video and browse the web. Reply right from chat heads, or move them around if you’re not ready to respond. Plus you can send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same spot.
- App Launcher: See your favorite apps and post right to Facebook from the same spot.
- Instagram: HTC First is the only phone that comes with Instagram pre-loaded
Those living outside of the United States will soon get their hands on this device as Mark Zuckerberg announced that it will be making its way to UK carriers Orange and EE.
If you want to experience the features of the HTC First but don’t want to buy the device then you might want to try downloading the Facebook Home app which will soon be available over at Google Play. The app is said to be compatible with the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note 2 and the upcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4.