Is this our First look at Facebook Home?

We’ve seen the supposed handset, but is this our first real look at Facebook’s Home launcher for Android? The interface is said to be headed towards an unveiling tomorrow alongside its flagship device, what could be known as the HTC First. While the interface takes a departure from what we have come to expect from Android, it still appears very much based in Google’s ecosystem.

From what we see here, the notifications pane has received a major makeover, and as expected Facebook is making it as easy as possible to jump into the social network directly from the handset.

Perhaps more interesting than the actual appearance of the UI skin is the question of how Facebook will market their mobile offering. Will they take an Amazon-esque approach and minimize their relationship to Android, or will they boldly tout this as an Android device? Some speculation suggests we could see the Home launcher come as a third-party option for all Android devices, but there is little to confirm this as of right now.

[via 9to5Google]

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TAGS: HTC First , HTC Myst

  • Cameron John Schluchtner

    i kinda like it

  • nick olaguez

    Wtf is Facebook home? And who would this appeal to?

    • Cameron John Schluchtner

      Facebook users.

      • ari_free

        ewww facebook. Great, now I sound like an Apple snob. Except for the convenient fact that most Apple snobs are Facebook users.

        • Cameron John Schluchtner

          not entirely true
          im a fairly active facebook user with an S3 and im here so i know about android so…

    • ari_free

      your sister

      • nick olaguez

        Haha I was more or less jk

        • Aztec713

          he wasn’t o.O

      • Nieves Diaz III

        just pissed my pants from laughing! lmmfao

      • lancebukkake

        best reply yet!!!

  • phoenix_fire

    why is there no speaker grille?

    • borgib

      This appears to be just a mock up to display the software features on any phone.

    • WickedToby741

      It doesn’t actually make calls. You have to communicate through status updates. It receives calls but won’t make them. Everything has to be done through Facebook.

      • RitishOemraw

        when receiving calls, you can swip left to ignore or swipe right to reply with a status update. Swipe up for a reply with a photo and swipe down to poke the person calling you.

        If the person is not a facebook contact, swiping in any direction will send a friend request and if he/she doesnt have a fb account it sends them a text inviting them to join facebook.

  • OnpointG3

    This won’t sell, why would anyone want a FB phone. Don’t they have an app already?

    • sam wouters

      It’s a mental issue for the Zuckerberg followers i think. So, they will think it is easier to post their crap on their FB wall. But in real, with all the notifications, adds, … coming from Facebook, I believe, it will be Facebook who determines the user and not visa versa.

    • shonangreg

      If the phone isn’t subsidized, I don’t see much point. Facebook could just release facebook skins and more immersive apps and get more uptake. They can, though, make the integration deeper by putting their apps on the phone before selling (having full root access and all), but facebook is already infamous for sucking at android apps.

      It seems to me that their face is staring down their palm, “Go ahead, slap me!”

      • NK412

        I’m pretty sure it will be subsidized. Otherwise there would be no point.

  • Jeremy Beasley

    And their app is horrible so I would want more of their software why??

  • HeatFan786

    This phone is such an awful product.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    They have already tried this with chacha..i would never want to buy a fb phone…even free..A OCD person with fb obsession might it

    • David W

      which is billions of tweenies.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        Why wasn’t the last FB phone super successful?

        • Blah Blah Blah

          Ugly phone, low end specs & poor marketing. Plus there’s no demand for it.

  • Mitchel White

    OMG… FACEBOOK! id say quit while there ahead but they just keep failing… your a socal network… REMEMBER THAT

    • Ahhk

      Ummm….and Google is/was a search engine.

      • bluevoodo

        Shhhhh the truth can get you killed here.

        • Ahhk

          Yes….but somebody needs to be the martyr…..

  • andros69

    So, this is like an OEM skin, without the OEM. Sense without HTC, TouchWiz without Samsung, etc. It’s Facebook’s skin for android…

  • Nathan Aker

    Lot of hate for a product that hasn’t even been announced yet.

    • bluevoodo

      Is it Samsung? Is it Nexus? hmmm they hate it, feces flying everywhere.

  • Jonathan DeJesus

    I’ll pay $2 for it, no more. Well maybe $4.

    • Nieves Diaz III

      $.50 here

  • Jonathan DeJesus

    I bet good money Zuckerberg uses an Iphone. Douche

    • ryan rochford

      I don’t know. I think he truly is geek enough to love Android. Remember, while he is a rich douche, he is not a fake. He is very smart, and I think he would appreciate Android enough to use it.

  • Nieves Diaz III

    ummm those pics are photoshopped…and if they are not, well then i’d say facebook has solidified itself in the history of Fail!

  • C-Law

    So it’s ics and not jelly bean. Look at the old camera icon. It’s already a failure. If ur gonna skin it, at least use the latest version of android.

  • REVS

    i just threw up in my mouth a lil

  • DavidB23

    So facebook phone = a mediocre phone with an ugly facebook widget on the home screen. Sounds about right. But; this is the kind of bad idea that gives android a bad name.