When Facebook announced the news that they had developed a whole new launcher experience for Android, that was solely based around Facebook, a lot of us were colored unimpressed. Not because Facebook Home isn't a decent launcher experience - it is - but because it's only ever going to be as good as your Facebook friends, and that's a scary prospect for a lot of us. What pleased us a little more though, was the fact that the HTC First - the first Facebook Home device - was going to launch as just a stock Android device, with Facebook Home being the only modification on top of it all....which you can turn off if you don't want it! Today, both Facebook Home and the HTC First are launching and you can get your hands on both starting today, the Facebook Home page is here but it looks like downloads aren't up at the time of writing.
We all know the drill when it comes to Facebook Home - it's Facebook, on your phone, everywhere on your phone - and it's coming to a handful of devices, including the following: HTC One X and X+, Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II, with the Galaxy S IV and HTC One getting Home later on. Facebook Home will be coming to tablets but, not until much later in the year.
What you're probably more interested in the HTC First, a stock Android device that might not be packing the world's fastest specs but, it will fit in one hand quite nicely:
- 4.3-inch LCD, 720p
- 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon 400 dual-core
- 1GB of RAM
- Camera: 5MP rear, 1.6MP front
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS
- Available in Red, Blue, White and Black
- 4G LTE
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Facebook Home
The device is available today on AT&T for just $99, which is a great option for those that live in good AT&T coverage and want an affordable stock Android smartphone, and if you still have strong ties with Facebook, then this could be a great phone for you. As you can see, you can go ahead and place your orders right away:
So, there you have it folks, the HTC First is available on AT&T today and for those of you who are still very much Facebook junkies, this might be one of the better options out there when it comes to Android. What's great about this though, is that you can buy a quality HTC device and be ensured a stock Android experience, which is pretty important for a lot of you, so will you be picking up the HTC First?