What to Expect at Facebook’s Android Event
(NEW YORK) — Facebook will make its foray into the cellphone market on Thursday — or at least that’s what rumors and reports say.
On April 4, Facebook has invited press to its Menlo Park, Calif., campus to show off its “new home on Android.” However, even before the announcement of the event was made last week, rumors had been swirling that the social network was working on its own phone.
Sources have reported that Facebook is going to unveil its own software that runs on top of Android.
Similar to how HTC and Samsung reskin Google’s Android operating system on their phones, Facebook has been hard at work on a set of widgets and homescreens that put Facebook front and center on the phone.
According to 9to5Google, the software is actually called Facebook Home. 9to5Google and Twitter user @evleaks have also posted some photos of the software.
From the images it looks like Facebook has reworked the homescreen to focus on, well, Facebook. It appears that you can update your Facebook profile from any of the screens and see your newest messages or updates right on the main or lock screen.
But that software needs a home and it is reported by a number of outlets, including TechCrunch, The New York Times and 9to5Google, that Facebook will announce that its new Facebook Home software will be available first on an HTC phone. It is said to be called the “HTC First” phone.
HTC, a Taiwanese phone maker, made a phone in 2011 that focused on Facebook; it was called the HTC Status.
Android Police reports the phone, which has been codenamed the HTC Myst, will have a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera and a 4.3-inch 720p display. According to more photos that have been leaked by @evleaks, the phone will come in an assortment of colors.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has been aiming to work with other phone makers.
“The company now offers an app for Android devices, but through agreements with smartphone makers would make news feeds and other information immediately viewable,” the Journal says.
On Thursday, rumors will be separated from facts when Facebook’s event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT.
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