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Facebook Home Program Signs Up Big Manufacturers, HTC, Samsung and Others

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This morning’s Facebook event was not just a one-time event if Zuckerberg has his way. Within the press conference there was the announcement of the Facebook Home Program that Facebook has created to sign on with different partners to possible bring more Home devices to the masses. HTC, Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm, AT&T, Huawei and ZTE were some of the names on the list. 

It has already been mentioned that the Galaxy S3 and S4, Galaxy Note 2 and the upcoming HTC One will have Home coming for them, which makes sense seeing that the manufacturers are already in the Home Program. It isn’t clear what being a partner of this program entails, but seeing Samsung and Sony’s take on a Facebook phone would throw some choice into the mix.

If you wanted a Home device, would you care which company made it?

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  • Richard Yarrell

    Nothing goes down in the android landscape without Samsung and their industry leading Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S3 devices. Guess I will take a look at this launcher download it and try it out. I am very funny about any launcher changes on my Galaxy Note 2. But we will look at this just to say I gave it a legitimate try…

  • cb2000a

    The less I have to do with Facebook the better.

  • newtong1

    This isn’t a new idea, and in fact, it has been tossed around quite a bit in the comments section of droid-life before, but it would be great for the Android platform as a whole and consumers alike if the major OEMs went this route in the future with regards to their custom skins/launchers (TouchWiz, Sense, Blur, LGs whatever it is, etc.) If this approach was implemented down the road, then there exists the possibility that all Android phones are shipped as Nexus-eque devices, with the ability to toggle on or off and/or add/remove the custom skin developed by the major OEMs for their respective smartphones/tablets. This will likely never happen on its own, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Google requiring this option in the future. Even if the manufactures are permitted to ship their devices with their custom UI already installed and even as the default launcher, everyone wins in this situation knowing that they could have a stock experience simply by removing the APK. With the capabilities of the Play store as is now, users would have the option to re-download the UI the device shipped with at anytime again after purchasing the device. The biggest argument I can see against this, from the OEMs perspective, is the worry that their proprietary UI gets side loaded on a handset by another manufacturer, IE Sense UI on a Samsung phone. I would surmise this could be prevented by requiring an authentication code to be used to verify APK is authorized for use on a particular phone, similar to what ‘Launcher Pro’ used to unlock the paid features before it hit the Play Store. Thoughts?

  • rhymiZ

    WTF would I want to be on FB 24/7? I got important things to do with my life.

  • http://twitter.com/zerstoer David Pucknell

    Why isn’t this going to drain my battery twice as fast, like the regular facebook for android app does?

  • Charles Hobbs

    Am I only one who looks at the new round logo and thinks of the old Alltel…?

    http://www.burnettgroup.com/images/branding/alltel/logo.jpg

  • dhirensavalia

    Honestly, this a great innovation and integration into Android. People want more choices, not less. Most of these comments are from people that do not like this and/or do no like Facebook, but the Facebook “power users” will love this.

    Also, I love how Facebook is finally putting more effort into Android. They are utilizing the customization ability of Android, unlike anything that you can do with an iPhone. This will hopefully pave the way for other social network integration(edit: not meaning exclusively with Facebook).

    • LionStone

      I wonder how many iphones will be shed for the HTC First? FB is all so many are used for anyway, they don’t care about specs and such anyway, so the First will probably sell a good amount.

  • Chad

    Happy to not see the Motorola X on that list!

    • Austin Warren

      How can they add a phone that isnt real?

      • X

        yet.

  • punkroyale

    Honestly 6 posts on this topic?! This is really overkill and unnecessary. Droid Life you can do better than this.

  • bakdroid

    When historians look back to see why the Android platform failed…it will lead back to this moment in time…

  • CasperTFG

    All of this Facebook expansion is making me sad. I wish it would all go away.

  • PopeFrancis

    Interesting.. Not for me though ;)

  • hugo

    It’s already embarrassing to use Facebook. Using a Facebook phone is even worse.

    • James

      Using Facebook us like a guy using a purse in the US.

  • Guest

    couldn’t care less about Facebook…or what device they put it on. That garbage will never see its way into my hand. Anyone who puts that much stock into FB seriously needs to rethink their priorities. Give me stock android and a nexus device and that is all….anything that gets added to that will be done by me and me alone.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      Could not agree more with you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mtate0408 Michael Tate

      WORD!!

    • randy

      Whatever helps Android I am cool with. According to comScore iOS has gained market share again and Android has lost another 2% of market share. Apple is closing the gap on market share and they already dominate profit share so hopefully Facebook can bring some users to Android.

      http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2013/4/comScore_Reports_February_2013_U.S._Smartphone_Subscriber_Market_Share

      • OptimusL

        They gained market share just in the U.S.

        Look at the rest of the world.

    • http://www.facebook.com/badenglishihave David Mann

      I too love my Nexus devices (GNex and N10) but I really like what FB did here. Are they forcing their skin on everybody? No. It’s an optional launcher in the Play Store and it allows “you and you alone” to mod your phone, unless you choose to purchase a FB Home phone from one of their partners. What more could you ask for?

      And the messaging feature for full-screen apps? Brilliant.

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    • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ Max M.

      Pretty brave of you to say.

      This isn’t targeted for you. It’s targeted to a much younger crowd. Facebook and HTC didn’t get together and say, “Hey, let’s make a phone for that guest over in the Droid-Life comment section.”

      Facebook is a way to connect to people and so are phones. It makes sense if you think about it, but it’s not for everyone.

      But yes, continue to plague the comment section about how crappy Facebook is. Your way of life is much more superior and we should follow that.

    • Lucky Armpit

      1000 Internets to you, sir. As they say around here, “I wouldn’t kick a hog square in the butt” for Facebook or a phone that features Facebook. I actually took pleasure in seeing the people’s faces at work the day I blocked Facebook at the firewall. As long as it isn’t forced on me, I couldn’t care less about a phone with FB integration.

    • Lucky Armpit

      The only GOOD thing about this is that it’s hopefully something that iSheep users want but can’t have due to their walled garden. It’s about time Android was thought of first and not an afterthought as many apps seem to be.

    • Cody

      I’d just be happy if they updated the facebook app to follow the holo guildlines..

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  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    first

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      down vote me all you want, but this is the greatest day of my life! THE. GREATEST. DAY. EVAR!!!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/D_Shady Dennis Da Menace

        Or…you can just pretend you were referring to the name of the HTC “First” imho…hehehe

        • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

          Haha!

    • michael

      +1 for the irony

      • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

        Thanks!