04-14-2013 08:34 AM
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  1. FinancialP's Avatar
    Since the HTC Status was such a phenomenal success for HTC and Facebook, they needed to release another FB-centered phone to quell the rioting masses.
    true

    Another crazy part, its going on sale before their other "flagship" the HTC One.

    Talk about poor planning.
    04-04-2013 09:02 PM
  2. iloveamystery's Avatar
    I'm not familiar with Android at all, but I had no idea what was going on when I was watching the video The Verge posted. Seems very confusing to me. Granted, I'm not the biggest FB user ever, but WP's implementation of FB suits my needs fine... I do wish messaging were better, though.
    04-04-2013 09:14 PM
  3. Jazmac's Avatar
    Man, I have to agree with the OP. Facebook phone? Seriously? You ain't never been that important that someone would want to OWN what is basically a chat room phone on a two year agreement. Zuckerberg ain't even cool anymore. What's next MySpace Phone?

    Could a Twitter phone, HSM phone or QVC Phone be far off?
    Laura Knotek and despertador like this.
    04-04-2013 09:24 PM
  4. TonyDedrick's Avatar
    Well, its not like an actual phone you'll be tied to for two years. From what it sounds like, you are using your existing device (if it supports it) and just merely replacing the UI with the Home app
    04-04-2013 09:29 PM
  5. Jazmac's Avatar
    Well, its not like an actual phone you'll be tied to for two years. From what it sounds like, you are using your existing device (if it supports it) and just merely replacing the UI with the Home app
    Well, if that's it, its not really a Facebook phone. I read this like it was a phone but is just another stupid android launcher. Making it even more boring and lame.
    04-04-2013 09:48 PM
  6. Shouvik Mazumdar's Avatar
    Well, if that's it, its not really a Facebook phone. I read this like it was a phone but is just another stupid android launcher. Making it even more boring and lame.
    Its like they have launched two things:

    1) Facebook home launcher: This comes on all latest Samsung and HTC devices (NEXUS missing !) as a launcher

    2) Facebook Phone: One HTC First that has this custom launcher in built or something more , not sure.

    So yeah Facebook phone is not a myth
    04-04-2013 09:56 PM
  7. ShipWreck's Avatar
    Yeah kind of dumb to come out with a FB device only thing I can think of this is a way to help out HTC some but more so FB to try to rebound some of the loss they took once they went Public.
    04-04-2013 10:21 PM
  8. cckgz4's Avatar
    This is for a certain audience. But I don't want to be spammed with my Facebook feeds
    04-04-2013 10:41 PM
  9. cameradork's Avatar
    If this really takes hold and FB puts all their mobile dev efforts into it, it's going to totally screw Apple.

    I kind of hope it does well :D
    04-04-2013 10:56 PM
  10. TonyDedrick's Avatar
    Its like they have launched two things:

    1) Facebook home launcher: This comes on all latest Samsung and HTC devices (NEXUS missing !) as a launcher

    2) Facebook Phone: One HTC First that has this custom launcher in built or something more , not sure.

    So yeah Facebook phone is not a myth
    I don't think they are considering the HTC First an actual "Facebook Phone." I hear Facebook Phone and immediately think of a phone with a FB OS built in. Yes, it comes preloaded with Facebook Home and a much richer experience it seems than one would have by downloading the app onto their Galaxy S3. But its still, first and foremost, an Android based phone at heart.
    04-04-2013 11:58 PM
  11. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I wouldn't use it for the reasons stated by the author of this article.
    HeyCori, WPenvy and X0LARIUM like this.
    04-05-2013 12:08 AM
  12. charming_arpit's Avatar
    HTC is slowly and steadily moving towards its end. They are not the best of both worlds i.e. Android and Windows. They have poor after sales service and a very bad resale value!. In Android, Samsung is best while in Windows Phone, Nokia owns the best spot. Where is HTC?
    04-05-2013 12:39 AM
  13. Ticomfreak's Avatar
    I actually think Facebook home was absolutely beautiful, albeit they should open API's up to allow for apps to integrate into it, and was not a rip-off UI wise of Windows Phone like stock Android is now-a-days. But at $99, the Lumia 920 is a far better deal.

    You guys should also realize that this is a big slap in the face for Google, which is a good thing for us right now anticompetitive pieces of ****. I think one of my FB friend put it together perfectly (this was in response to me asking why all the FB home hate:)

    "Think about it...If they can overcome Google inertia by supplanting Android with a front-end who will gain control of the advertising....Facebook of course and that is the name of the game, so then why wouldn't Google pull out all the stops and push the tech media to talk it down. Facebook has tricked Google at its own game. It will be interesting to see if Facebook begins to add more and more features to their front-end to wall off the revenue from Google."
    robinleck likes this.
    04-05-2013 01:07 AM
  14. Sean D.'s Avatar
    If HTC did more on the software side and created actual unique, usable stand-out apps they would be doing just fine on WP. The whole giant clock, and over bearing weather updates is tired as ****. And it's the same things they've been doing since Windows Mobile 6.x. It's like if they can't slap an old-*** skin on an existing UI they have no idea what to do. Offer people something more than a big-*** clock, a cute little rainy cloud animation and a level app and more people would buy their WP devices because they wouldn't feel as "left out" as they do now.
    04-05-2013 01:19 AM
  15. Flagz's Avatar
    If HTC did more on the software side and created actual unique, usable stand-out apps they would be doing just fine on WP. The whole giant clock, and over bearing weather updates is tired as ****. And it's the same things they've been doing since Windows Mobile 6.x. It's like if they can't slap an old-*** skin on an existing UI they have no idea what to do. Offer people something more than a big-*** clock, a cute little rainy cloud animation and a level app and more people would buy their WP devices because they wouldn't feel as "left out" as they do now.
    Well that's an opinion, I dint feel left out as a HTC User intact, I had nothing but good experiences with my phone vs my fiances trouble with here 810 (we had to return it once and reset due to storage)
    04-05-2013 01:44 AM
  16. ammarmalik2011's Avatar
    Considering how hopeless the Facebook experience is on Windows Phone, I'm already a little envious of this 'Facebook Home'. Not to mention that unlike the joke of the app that is for WP8, Facebook has promised monthly updates.
    04-05-2013 02:03 AM
  17. ChMar's Avatar
    All this was possible because of the openness of Android. Google made an open source project to look good and to be praised for it but at the same time be free of any obligations(it's open source free not a product of someone). And they made money with it by requesting payment for access to the official market and any google apps(gmail, g+, maps, latitude, etc). So only Chinese crap phones use android without google apps the rest of the OEMs pay google and include their apps.
    Now those it really matter who data mine you or who serve you adds? I believe facebook will succeed in making home viable for many users. They gathered enough data about android users through their facebook app and instagram app. So they know what apps users use and how to provide a good experience for mainstream users.

    If this home changing thing becomes a trend from major companies android will collapse eventually. We all want free but tolerance to adds and realization that the more we use those big free services the more we give them the option to expand and get bigger with our data will push users to more controlled environments like iOS and wp.

    And as the platform grows facebook will have no other viable option to make it's presence for windows phone but by making great apps just like in case of ios.
    04-05-2013 02:24 AM
  18. tooneystar's Avatar
    Any pictures of new Facebook phone?
    04-05-2013 03:05 AM
  19. robinleck's Avatar
    I actually think Facebook home was absolutely beautiful, albeit they should open API's up to allow for apps to integrate into it, and was not a rip-off UI wise of Windows Phone like stock Android is now-a-days. But at $99, the Lumia 920 is a far better deal.

    You guys should also realize that this is a big slap in the face for Google, which is a good thing for us right now anticompetitive pieces of ****. I think one of my FB friend put it together perfectly (this was in response to me asking why all the FB home hate:)

    "Think about it...If they can overcome Google inertia by supplanting Android with a front-end who will gain control of the advertising....Facebook of course and that is the name of the game, so then why wouldn't Google pull out all the stops and push the tech media to talk it down. Facebook has tricked Google at its own game. It will be interesting to see if Facebook begins to add more and more features to their front-end to wall off the revenue from Google."
    Yeeup FB is ****ting in Google's backyard. And playing hard-to-get with Apple by not coming up with an iPhone version.
    If WP can see this window of opportunity, they should go on an aggressive offensive and advertise & market how WP is the truly First Social phone.
    04-05-2013 03:15 AM
  20. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    I am not a Facebook user. I wonder how much data it will eat up? Data is expensive now through AT&T.
    EXACTLY my worry..i mean..all those full scree pictures r fine. But it will shoot up your data bill like anything.

    Sent from my Π Σ Χ U S 4.
    04-05-2013 03:59 AM
  21. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    Considering how hopeless the Facebook experience is on Windows Phone, I'm already a little envious of this 'Facebook Home'. Not to mention that unlike the joke of the app that is for WP8, Facebook has promised monthly updates.
    I've seen many people complain about the FB on WP. Could u care to tell u what exactly is wrong.

    Sent from my Π Σ Χ U S 4.
    04-05-2013 04:11 AM
  22. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    This is for a certain audience. But I don't want to be spammed with my Facebook feeds
    Yes precisely not for me too. Did I forget to mention Zuck openly agreed there will b ads. On Twitter, they put it perfectly by saying, "Its a marketing/advertising company's wet dream".

    HTC is slowly and steadily moving towards its end. They are not the best of both worlds i.e. Android and Windows. They have poor after sales service and a very bad resale value!. In Android, Samsung is best while in Windows Phone, Nokia owns the best spot. Where is HTC?
    I have to sadly agree in this too. HTC is awesome but these weak attempts to gain a foothold with everything and anything will only spell doom.

    Not to mention, there is Jolla Sailfish,Ubuntu, Tizen and a bunch of other OS/hardware options going to clog the market soon.

    Sent from my Π Σ Χ U S 4.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    04-05-2013 04:23 AM
  23. ammarmalik2011's Avatar
    HTC is slowly and steadily moving towards its end. They are not the best of both worlds i.e. Android and Windows. They have poor after sales service and a very bad resale value!. In Android, Samsung is best while in Windows Phone, Nokia owns the best spot. Where is HTC?
    Honestly lets not even talk about resale value. You'll have an easier time selling a Nokia Symbian based phone than a Nokia Windows Phone, or any Windows Phone for that matter.
    04-05-2013 04:34 AM
  24. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    I wouldn't use it for the reasons stated by the author of this article.
    This is more or less the same reason I am going to skip it. Good find Lak. :)

    Sent from my Π Σ Χ U S 4.
    04-05-2013 04:36 AM
  25. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    But wasn't there already a phone that featured face book already? It was such a success.

    http://an.droid-life.com/wp-content/...htc-status.jpg
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    04-05-2013 04:39 AM
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