Facebook is a social network that none of my friends like, but we all use it anyway because you kind of have to these days in order to be social. With that thought in the back of you’re mind, here’s what the company announced today at their event in California.
First up is “Home”, which is a “family of apps” according to Mark Zuckerberg. What he really means is that it’s an Android launcher that aggregates notifications and sorts them by people instead of apps. So say something happened in your calendar app, in your photos app, and in your music player. Those apps would normally have their own unique notifications. Now said notifications are shown in a news feed style format.
Then there’s “Chatheads”, which is Facebook’s version of an instant message client that takes over your phone. It appears on top of whatever app you happen to be using. I’d like to remind you that Palm did this with webOS, so it’s not original, but I’m glad to see the concept coming back. Facebook obviously wants you to use Facebook Messaging instead of WhatsApp, Viber, LINE, or whatever OTT messaging client you happen to like.
And … that’s it really.
When will this stuff come out? April 12th.
Will it work with your Android phone? If you have a Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, or Note II, then yes. HTC’s One X, One X+, and One will also be supported. More devices will be supported over time, obviously. Tablet support is planned, but it’s not going to come for “several months”.
One more thing, and you know what it is: The Facebook Phone! Actually, it’s called the HTC First, just like the rumors said it would. It’s going to launch on AT&T on April 12th for $100, and it’ll be available in red, white, blue, and black. It’ll come to the European operators EE and Orange, but dates and prices weren’t announced.
Does the First have a spec sheet? When I find one, I’ll update this article, but for now it doesn’t. Not a single spec was mentioned during the event. The rumors say it’ll have a 4.3 inch 720p screen and a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, but I can’t stress this enough, they’re just rumors at this point.
[Huge thanks to The Verge, this article wouldn't have been possible without their live blog]
Here’s Facebook’s official website explaining Facebook Home. And here’s AT&T’s website featuring the HTC First. As expected: 4.3 inch 720p screen, dual core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor (Snapdragon S4?), 5 megapixel rear facing camera.