#TBT: Facebook Unveils the HTC First, No One Buys It

On April 3 of 2013, I went hands-on with the HTC First, also known as the Facebook Phone. For complete transparency, I wasn’t actually allowed to hold the phone because the software was still in development, but a very nice Facebook employee held it for me and took me on a hardware tour. Little did I know at the time, April 3 would also be the last I ever saw of the HTC First, as once it was announced, hardly a single soul, relative to the smartphone market as a whole, decided to purchase it.

Launched with a price of $99 on-contract, no one bought this thing, even with a few big tech sites giving it decently scoring reviews. Fast forward not even a month, when AT&T, the only carrier in the US to offer the phone, slashed the price to $0.99 on-contract. This was the first sign that literally no one wanted this thing.  (more…)

HTC First aka “Facebook Phone” Reportedly Already to be Discontinued

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Just a little over a month ago, Facebook held a press event in Menlo Park at their headquarters to announce a partnership with HTC and AT&T. The child of that partnership was the HTC First, priced at just $99 and the first device to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home. While Home was met with mixed reviews from the media and consumers, the First itself didn’t seem all that bad. Beneath Facebook’s launcher lays a vanilla Android operating system, with mid-level specs inside of a well-designed body. According to sources of BGR, none of it was good enough to keep the device on shelves for even a few months.  (more…)

HTC First Now Only $0.99 For New and Upgrading Customers, Are You Intrigued?

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We know that many of the readers here are not huge fans of Facebook, but today, AT&T lowered the price of the HTC First, otherwise known as the Facebook phone. When it launched it was $99.99, but it is now down to only $0.99 if you are upgrading or a new customer. The phone features Facebook Home, a whole new take on what a smartphone can do, but underneath that it runs perfectly stock Android 4.1.2. For $0.99 can you really get a better stock Android device?  (more…)

HTC Continues to Break Profit Records, In the Wrong Direction Though


The HTC One was the device that was going to turn HTC’s direction around in 2013. After five straight fiscal quarters of decline, the One would be the company’s saving grace. Unfortunately, after being struck with delays thanks to a shortage in components, the One is still unavailable in some major markets. In terms of the game plan, the One should have been on shelves before Samsung drops the Galaxy S4, but now the two devices will go head-to-head as both are set for release around the exact same time.  (more…)

HTC M4 to be Facebook Home-less Device With Ultrapixel Camera


Back in early February, specs were leaked for an HTC device codenamed the M4. The M4 didn’t have any specs that jumped off the page, but now there is an apparent image floating around the web for the upcoming device. And what excellent timing and coincidence that the HTC First was debuted yesterday, with almost matching specs. A 4.3″ 720p display, Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, and not much else going on.  (more…)