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Live From Facebook’s “Home” Announcement at 10AM PDT, Live Video Included

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Stop the rumors, stop the guessing, stop the wondering why on Earth the world needs a Facebook phone. Well, you can continue to question that last part since we’ll probably never fully understand it, but the rest will be answered at 10:00AM PDT, today. That’s right, Facebook and Sir Zuck will unveil their “new home on Android” in a short while, and we’ll be there live to bring it all to you. Their new product may be called the HTC First. It may look like this in a variety of colors. And there is a good chance it’ll be nothing more than a 3rd-party launcher with a Facebook focus. No matter what, our attention this morning will be focused on it, hoping for a big surprise.

If you have any last predictions, now is the time.

I’m going with, $199 phone (full retail price), no contract, HSPA+ (no LTE), and sold unlocked at all sorts of retailers like Wal-mart and Target. Similar move to what Google has done with the Nexus 4, but since the rumored specs for this Facebook sound like something out of late 2011, it should cost pennies.

The live blog and live video are below! 

  • Droid_wolf

    oversized widget

  • shev

    this is prob the worst thing to happen to cell phone technology since facebook was released

  • IT_Guy

    Youtube video links are dead already

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Ross/1076175661 Brad Ross

    It would be sweet if they made Chatheads available as a separate download… It looks really smooth and polished, but I don’t think I’m all about letting Facebook control the UI Experience on my phone/tablet.

    • PhoenixPath

      Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, used it, had it not do anything you want the way you want it to, and uninstalled it with much malice.

      …then knock it. Knock it the hell out.

      Or up…whichever.

      Sooooo….is this what too much caffeine is like? (<..>)

  • PhoenixPath

    Lame. as. hell.

    Look! Here’s this new Home Launcher we invited you all to see! Lookit! Ain’t it Cool! You want it! I bet you do! You want it, don’t you!

    Too bad, ma’f*ckers. You can’t have it.

    ….yet.

    Bullets to the head for all of them. (metaphorically speaking, of course)

    • EvanTheGamer

      And not only that, but only FIVE phones are getting Facebook Home Launcher first, instead of making it available to most Android phones, like my Galaxy Nexus. A shame.

      • PhoenixPath

        Really? I didn’t catch that bit. Cute.

        (I am sure the apk will be leaked all over the place once it’s “available”…so we’ll be able to use it on our Nexi…Nexusses…er…Nexus devices.)

        • EvanTheGamer

          Haha, that is true.

          My only concern though with the eventual “leaked” APK is that it may not work as well as the Galaxy Nexus “optimized” release. But we’ll see.

          • PhoenixPath

            Not that I wouldn’t put it past them, but I highly doubt they coded this with the NDK to specific CPU/GPU combinations.

            …wouldn’t that be hilarious though?

            It’d probably still work like crap…

  • DanWazz

    The Zuck sounds like Kermit the Frog? Crazy awesome. The hoodie supposed to be the Zuck-version of the Jobs sweater? Merp. Seems like Facebook is trying to break into the Apple market space. “This phone is comfortable.” “The screens are big, but not too big.”…etc.

    The Home thing sucks. Lol if they try and charge people for that pack of apps.

  • Austin Warren

    Shouldn’t it be the “HTC Last”?

  • http://profiles.google.com/b.himes89 Brian Himes

    I am excited to watch this flop!

  • ToddAwesome

    Call me crazy, but I stopped using the Facebook app itself months ago. Mobile web page version, FTW!

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    What year is it? Are they holding a bomb detonator or just outdated slide switcher?

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    Can shareholders sue Zuck for lying on stage about the Facebook phone?

  • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

    It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion…

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanwow Jonathan

    This is actually less exciting now. Because I feel like now, maybe OEMs are going to force us into using this. I like having the choice… I don’t wanna be forced into it. Oh and bye HTC :) You just guaranteed I won’t be buying a phone from you if you’ve baked this into the ROM.

  • Kenneth Shields

    Very intrusive. I wonder if your going to be able to just have the regular Facebook app. if its this or nothing then I choose nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanlaursen Ryan Laursen

    How do you make a phone call?

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnbeyer John Beyer

    let’s be happy they aren’t primarily doing comedy

  • ToddAwesome

    Ladies and gents….Blinkfeed, by Facebook.

    • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

      I’d rather have blink feed combined with chatheads that tie into all my messaging service’s.

  • Charles Hobbs

    Chat Heads??? Isn’t this really just a popup message box? Like we already have in the stock text message app?

    • http://twitter.com/jonathanwow Jonathan

      Not at all. It stays with you until you swipe it away. It’s like a dedicated messaging app inside of every application.

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanwow Jonathan

    I’m really impressed. Not going to lie. This is pretty awesome, chatheads I mean. I wasn’t too thrilled going into this press conference, now I wouldn’t mind trying it out.

  • ToddAwesome

    But, what if I don’t want my friend to ALWAYS be with me?!?!? ha

    • JoshGroff

      *Thinks of the creepy HTC One teaser video* *shudders*

      • ToddAwesome

        Nope, they officially copied the HTC One video.

  • Michael Adcock

    Not sure about the rest of it, but I would love to have the chat head feature.

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    How do you know what time it is? I see no clocks at all.

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanwow Jonathan

    I’m not going to lie. This looks extremely smooth. Which is much better than their Facebook App. I don’t use Facebook super often, but this will make it much more smooth it seems. Wonder if they are going to revamp the app as well, don’t know how much I would want to have the actual launcher.

  • http://twitter.com/btiller03 Brandon Tiller

    So where do Widgets go?

  • Verizon

    Is anyone really this addicted to Facebook?

    • flosserelli

      Believe it or not, yes. It must be a pitifully sad existence.

    • zmberven

      There are two types of people who are “this addicted,” those who are actually addicted in a sad way (dumb tweens/your great-aunt who plays Farmville all day), and then you have people who use it to keep in touch in a variety of ways with friends and family, which is what I do. Facebook is the main medium I share things with friends and family, because it’s the easiest and smoothest way for me to do so. I also heavily use Messenger because of the ability to transition from desktop to mobile mid convo, and since all my family and friends have smartphones, it simply makes it easier and quicker than texting.

      Facebook isn’t the train wreck it’s portrayed as for everyone.

  • ToddAwesome

    I turn on my phone 100 times or more a day? News to me.

    • Verizon

      Same here.

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    So this is about Android but he doesn’t know how the notification system works? Where in Android are there red bubbles with numbers?

  • flosserelli

    I am looking forward to this like I am looking forward to a prostate exam.

  • TheTruthSquad

    I can not stand anymore of this excitement. I am going to see if the Jodi Arias trial is on yet.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    pssh. i’m still waiting for the Myspace PDA

    • zmberven

      Thank you for getting coffee all over my keyboard.

  • Oscar De La Rosa

    It will be a facebook book that is a tablet in the shape of a book that has digital pages that you can flip! Just like a book!

  • Tim242

    Facebook: A horrible place to call home.

  • stabone

    So this is to announce that Google is buying Facebook and shutting them down and migrating all users to Google+….. right?

    • g2gsr

      I legitimately LOL’ed when I read this!

  • Warwick

    The only person I would know that would consider buying a Facebook phone is my 12 Year old sister.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tg.jason.1 TG Jason

    The first ever facebook phone? not captivating enough. we need something new
    Techcentralz.com

  • Nexus_FrEak

    I highly doubt anything exciting will come from this event… However I still get excited when anything Android is being announced!

    • Droid_wolf

      this is too funny… i feel the same

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    You guys are truly dedicated to your craft. No matter how pointless or boring the news we can count on you to deliver. Thanks for taking one for the team just to bring us the latest. Enjoy your nap.

  • EvanTheGamer

    The world is not ready for a Facebook Smartphone. The world is not ready. Also, the world does not care.

    • Derin Richardson

      The world wasn’t ready for that sad sack of shite HTC Status some odd years ago. I don’t think the world will ever be ready for a Facebook phone.

      Or care, like you so aptly put.

  • hashtagtroll

    #NoThanksMark

  • Scott

    Maybe FB should fix that disaster they call a mobile app sometime in Google Play.

  • mustbepbs

    Who gives a ****?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Agreed. I use Facebook quite regularly, but regardless of that, why in SAM HILL would I or anyone else really want a Facebook phone, even if it happens to be powered by the world’s greatest mobile OS? Just doesn’t add up. I just want them to fix their unstable FB app first before doing anything else.

      • http://twitter.com/martyjones100 martyjones100

        I think they’re after the growing (pardon the pun) preteen market.

      • PhoenixPath

        “I just want them to fix their unstable FB app”

        This^^^

        Click on a photo…wait…wait…wait….start wanting to kill things….wait….wait…throw the phone across the room.

        FFS…the mobile version of the website through the browser works better than their app.

        • JoshGroff

          “FFS…the mobile version of the website through the browser works better than their app.”

          That combined with the fact that I almost never check my facebook is why I don’t even bother with the app.

          • Derin Richardson

            That, combined with how far the social platform has devolved and Zuckerberg’s arrogance, is why I stopped using Facebook period. lol

            Honestly though, I might give facebook another try if they do fix that app. But that’s a big maybe.

      • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

        Seriously. Their Android app is terrible. It’s barely usable. And now they want to build a complete launcher/home replacement? GTFO.

        • michael arazan

          I would of loved to have been there with a bright red shirt on with a G+ on it.

    • MicroNix

      You must have missed the huge plug for Android. This truly shows how killer our OS is!

      • EvanTheGamer

        I am seriously excited for Facebook Home. I could give a rats ass in hell about the HTC/AT&T exclusive HTC First though. Just don’t care.

  • MichaelFranz

    Farmville pre-installed?

  • Austin Warren

    Woke up with a terrible stomach ache. Now I know why.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Gray/519500594 Ray Gray

    If it really is $199 this could be a good look for low budget people looking to switch to T-Mobile’s no contract

    • JoshGroff

      The Optimus L9 would probably be a better choice, and for the same price. Not to mention you can get used T-mobile phones fairly cheap if you are looking at older devices. My mom grabbed a my touch 4G for 120-ish.

  • enob

    I wish we could watch the facebook event on Google+

  • Michael Adcock

    Plot twist: Facebook is just slow again, and pulls a terrible April Fools joke.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Hah

      • Derin Richardson

        Terrible and un-stylistically late as hell. The 1st is WAY over.