We guess we were right when we said Facebook will launch a new Android UI/launcher, and it’s now official. Facebook Home aims to replace your Android’s homescreen with an extremely Facebook integrated skin. On top of that, HTC announced the first phone to come with Home – HTC First.
Facebook boasts that from the lockscreen, you can see your friends’ status updates immediately. You can also see your notifications up on front, and you can chat with anyone without interrupting an open app; with just another swipe you can open all your installed apps, so don’t worry as it’ll still be there.
The first (heh) device to run Facebook home out-of-the-box is the HTC First – which will currently go to U.S. carrier AT&T ($99) and soon, Europe. It packs a 4.3-inch 720p display with a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, LTE, Android 4.1 and a 5MP camera. We have no idea if it will ever reach Philippine shores as of the moment.
The phone & the app will be available on April 12, and the phones that may be able to run it are the HTC One, the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. More phones will follow to be compatible with Facebook Home.
Would you replace your Android’s homescreen with this, or would you get a phone running Facebook’s UI all-around?