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Facebook to Announce “Facebook Home” This Week, New HTC Partnership As Well?


For just being Facebook, it seems that everyone and their mom have some sort of idea as to what the world’s largest social network is set to announce on Thursday morning. We have heard that it was going to be no more than a new launcher/widget combo package, then it was going to be a full-blown Facebook skin atop a new HTC device. The list seemed to go on. Well, no reason to stop now, right? According to a new report out of 9to5 Google, their sources state that Facebook actually named their new product right inside the invite. It’s called, Facebook Home

Facebook Home is in fact just a tweaked Android launcher of sorts, bringing proprietary apps like Messenger and the custom camera directly to the front of the skin. It works like the Facebook application, but is built right onto a device, bringing all of your must-have Facebook content to your eyes.

Additionally, a partnership with HTC is in the works and a new device is more than likely to be shown off this week. The phone, which resembles an iPhone 5 but a bit larger, is currently being shopped to U.S. carriers, as well as a large marketing campaign is to take place to support the device. It’s cute to see the words “large marketing campaign” and HTC in the same sentence.

Anyways, if this truly is a real Facebook phone being announced, I am more than excited to see how the youth of this nation feel about it. After all, they will be the only ones buying it.

Via: 9to5 Google

  • So now this will be another way of Facebook sucking 20% more of my battery life?

    • Pedro

      It can suck, or it must take 20%.
      Your choice.

  • WickedToby741

    A skin on top of a skin. Prepare for Skinception.

  • Droid Ronin

    April Fools?

  • The Gooch

    Is it me or did a rumor for a Facebook phone by HTC knock HTC’s next actual flagship device (HTC One) off the radar somewhat?

  • The Gooch

    What exactly could a Facebook phone do that I can’t do with any other Android phone?

    • stabone

      Have a working Facebook app?

      • PhoenixPath


        (it’s funny because it’s true…)

  • stabone

    When’s the Amazon phone coming?

  • Trevor

    Just thinking about this stupid thing made me hurl.

  • HTC and Marketing don’t belong in the same sentence. They’ll market the “next big thing” for a month…maybe two, then just stop supporting it. HTC didn’t learn anything from the Thunderbolt/Rezound/DNA “marketing” / update disasters (not so much the DNA when it comes to updates).

    How about making a device that doesn’t require me to charge it two/three times a day with normal use first. How about sticking to “quality vs quantity” that you told us about with the One series from last year. How about supporting a device for longer than 15 minutes for a change.

    How about not coming out with a Facebook phone.

    • Careful the HTC fangirls/girls will down vote you.

  • Steve Benson

    This will never touch my phone. My wife loves facebook but this will never touch her phone either.

  • JoshGroff

    Look at that manly sparkling phone.

  • Care factor has never been lower.

  • Bionic

    The facebook phone, the only thing that makes Amazon’s version of Android look awesome.

  • Chris

    I really hate this idea and I also think it’s completely useless to have this much Facebook on my phone.

    • Bionic

      only 13 year old girls will love this

      • Austin Warren


        • Chris

          Lol normally jailbait is like 16 or 17, 13 is a little much 😛

          • Austin Warren

            Considering most states are 16-24 I say 13-15

          • Pedro

            Eww, just the fact that you know this creepy.

          • Austin Warren

            Called being a former law major. Sorry that you don’t have an education.

          • michael arazan

            Age of consent in Hawaii is 14, okay if your 15-16 but creepy when your older than 18

          • Austin Warren

            The fact that people took that comment seriously…. I have no words.

  • Derek Duncan

    Can they at least revamp the apps to be compliant with Holo standards?