HTC and Facebook have teamed up to develop and launch the HTC First, the first and only smartphone built to feature Facebook Home. Facebook Home is the first mobile experience designed to give you your friends’ latest updates right on your home screen.
“Home is a completely new experience for your phone,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Founder and CEO. “With Home available right out of the box, you’re getting the best quality experience for connecting with your friends.”
Facebook Home brings your News Feed to the surface, giving you the “content you care about right on your home screen” when you turn on your phone without having to open an app or access a mobile website. Just sign into your Facebook account and begin using Home – no need for download or configuration. Facebook Home connects you directly with your friends, whether it’s their real-time updates and newest photo uploads being streamed on your cover feed or the ability to chat with friends without jumping in and out of apps.
Cover feed – A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone. You can swipe through to see more photos and updates, double tap to “like” a post and comment right from cover feed.
Notifications – Notifications from apps and friends appear right on your home screen. It’s easier to see when you have a missed call, calendar reminder or new message. Open a notification with a double tap or clear them away to see your Cover Feed.
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. You choose what’s on your app launcher-press and hold an app then drag it anywhere.
Instagram – HTC First is the only phone that comes with Instagram pre-loaded.
HTC First will be available for pre-order today for $99.99 with a two-year commitment and available exclusively in AT&T stores and online starting April 12th. To pre-order, visit www.att.com/facebookhome.