Posts tagged with: Facebook Home
  • by | April 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    HTC and Facebook teamed up last week at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, California to (hopefully) lay to rest the remaining rumors of any official Facebook phone. Facebook unveiled its latest product, Home, and HTC announced its newest device, the First, the first phone to run Facebook Home out of the box. On the outside, the HTC First is an extremely minimal device. Its all matte-finished exterior and lack of major branding make it very subtle, and its specifications are extremely modest. It features a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed storage, a ...

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  • by | April 10, 2013 7:00 AM

    Last week, when Facebook announced Facebook Home, they went out of their way to address two rumors that have been floating in the Facebook soup for some years now: Facebook is going to make a phone. Facebook is going to make a fork of Android Instead, they basically created their own skin of Android, running on top of whatever flavor of Android happens to be running on your GSIV, One, or what-have-you. Mark Zuckerberg’s reasoning for this was as follows: We want to bring this experience of having a home, of always knowing what's going on around you, right to your phone. And we want to ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    Facebook bored shocked the world by announcing their new app experience for Android phones last week. Speculation abounded that Facebook would announce a new phone, a fork of Android's operating system (think Amazon Kindle, but with a "like" button) or less impressively, an updated app. What we got was a little bit of all three. Putting aside the HTC First, which is by the way what most customers should do, Facebook made a pretty ambitious announcement. Instead of an Android fork, and instead of an updated Facebook app, we got something that lies in the middle. Facebook Home is a new Lock ...

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  • by | April 8, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Facebook Home got leaked, tested and shown-off. Then we go through two Nokia Lumia 928 rumors, which sadly don't match the Catwalk project. Later we talk about the Samsung S Orb Camera software project, which doesn't seem that groundbreaking now that we get some leaks. Later it's Google Play Store leaks and Babel Chat services for Google in the near future. We end today's show talking about the possibility of Google buying the Whatsapp messenger service. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Home Leaks, Allows An Early ...

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  • by | April 5, 2013 7:54 PM

    Facebook's most valuable resource is your information. The data it gathers on you as you check out your friends' walls or post photos ultimately allows it to create a highly detailed demographic profile and serve you the most relevant ads. That already had some users a little on-edge about the social network, but with Home really stepping-up the sort of exposure you could have to Facebook, some of you have become a bit more trepidatious. In order to address some of your concerns, Facebook has put together a little FAQ about Home and its privacy implications. The short story is that ...

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  • by | April 5, 2013 12:13 PM

    Remember the HTC M4? We heard the codename leaked back in February, along with some hardware specs. Now that the HTC First is official, some similarities between it and the M4 start to become apparent; both handsets use 4.3-inch 720p displays, for instance. While not all of the specs quite match up between the two, a new rumor puts forth some tweaked specs for the M4 that line up with the First closely enough to get us wondering if the M4 might be the non-Facebook version of the First, or simply one available on additional carriers. Specifically, the processor on the M4 is now supposed to ...

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  • by | April 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    Yesterday, Facebook announced its new Home for Android, delving deeper into OS integration than we've ever seen from one of the company's mobile apps. As this move is so unprecedented, plenty of you are likely a little unsure what to think about the news. Is this an exciting new way to interact with social services? Is putting so much focus on a single company's app counter to the spirit of Android? Should you be worried about the privacy implications of an "always on" Facebook app? There's a lot to discuss, so we pulled together some of the editorial staff here at Pocketnow to talk about ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is ditching Webkit for their own Blink in the Chrome browser, and even Samsung is doing something similar by partnering with Mozilla. Then we talk Samsung again as their new US retail experience begins this month on Best Buy. We later talk some Nokia and the possibility of the Catwalk being launched on May 15th. Later we find some leaked images of a possible iPhone prototype with a curved display and curved back. We end today's show talking about the Facebook Home Android Launcher, and also about the new HTC First which will be the ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 1:22 PM

    All week, we've been wondering about Facebook's Android event today. Would it just be about software? Would we see the rumored Facebook phone? Leaks over the past few days have suggested a mix of both, revealing the HTC First and some glimpses at Facebook Home software. Today Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to set the record straight, formally announcing Facebook Home for Android. Zuckerberg makes it clear that this isn't about new hardware, or new operating systems, but also "building something that’s a whole lot deeper than just an app." Facebook Home will sit between the OS and the ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 12:50 PM

    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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  • by | April 3, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we see the first leaked photos of HTC's Facebook Phone and the UI. Then we talk about AT&T and their pricing plans confirmed for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Then it's Nexus 7 talk as Google and Asus are teaming up again to build it. iOS 7 is next as we talk about the delays that are plaguing it. We end today's show going through the history of the cell phone, which turns 40 today. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Home Shown in Action on HTC First  - AT&T Updates its Galaxy S 4 Pricing Details - Asus And Google Work On a New Nexus ...

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  • by | April 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    With Facebook's Android event scheduled for tomorrow, it shouldn't be too surprising that some last-minute info continues to leak out. We've seen renders of a mysterious new HTC smartphone, as well as gotten some info from a dumped ROM, but without a developer Facebook account, the new Facebook Home couldn't be seen in action. All those leaks are now merging together, and we've got a nice new set of renders that clearly show Facebook Home in operation on the HTC First. So, what do we have here? Buttons directing you to post content to Facebook appear prominently at the top of what appears ...

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  • by | April 3, 2013 11:41 AM

    Yesterday, we got our first look at an unusual smartphone, revealed as the HTC First. Its capacitive buttons, though familiar to what we're used to on Android or Windows Phone, were just a bit alien, leaving us wondering which mobile OS this handset would arrive running. Supposedly, the First could be the launch phone for Facebook Home, and the new button icons could be part of Facebook's Android overhaul. As we wait for tomorrow's Facebook Android event, when this mystery will hopefully be solved, some new versions of that HTC First render have surfaced, possibly showing off the phone in ...

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  • by | April 1, 2013 6:49 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the Facebook Android rumors, since we no longer know if it should be called a phone. Then we go through the leaked BlackBerry roadmap, and some really interesting strategies coming in the future. Microsoft is next as we talk about Windows RT and its merger with Windows 8. Then it's Windows Phone news as it has gained some positive market share in the last couple of months. We end today's show talking about the AT&T HTC One, which sadly will retain exclusivity over the 64GB model in the US. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | April 1, 2013 12:07 PM

    What's Facebook planning for its April 4 Android event? While there had been some earlier talk of the HTC Myst arriving as a Facebook phone of sorts, more recently we've been hearing that it could be focused on a new identity for its Android app, evolving into "Facebook Home." Now a system dump has arrived that seeks to pull the curtain back on exactly what the company's planning. Apparently pulled from the HTC Myst, as configured for operation on AT&T, the dump reveals a new version of the Facebook app, identified as "com.facebook.wakizashi" versus the "com.facebook.katana" with which ...

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