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    Last spring, Facebook and HTC asked the world the question “are you interested in a smartphone that puts Facebook front and center as the core of your user experience?” The answer from consumers was almost a resounding “no,” and the HTC First failed in spectacular fashion. Even the Facebook Home software that could be deployed on existing Android phones stagnated, and despite claims from Facebook that the project is still active, you wouldn't know it by the utter lack of public support. Is that it for Facebook's big smartphone ambitions? Will it resign itself to being just another ...

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    I'm sure that most of us will admit we completely forgot about Facebook Home. Yes, it is a cool launcher that makes your experience with your device more personal, but still, having your world revolve around Facebook isn't necessarily good. Specially when all you get are invites to Candy Crush. Still, the social media giant keeps working on improving the service, even if their phone venture with HTC flopped very badly. A new update that's being pushed today allows users to not just have to revolve around Facebook. It allows you to set services like Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, and Pinterest ...

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    It's almost hard to believe how quickly Facebook Home – and the HTC First along with it – grabbed the spotlight before almost immediately fading away. Sure, it was risky project that didn't quite deliver in the ways we were hoping, but it was still a big deal to see a company releasing software like this, and it got us wondering who else might cook up a Facebook Home of their own. Now that the dust has settled, it seems a lot less likely that anyone might be interested in following in Facebook's footsteps. Some new survey data spells out just how little interest the smartphone-using ...

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    Companies make mistakes. It's part of doing business: if you want to win big, you might have to put yourself in a position where you're open to failure. Smart companies keep their offerings diversified enough not to let one misstep send them spiraling out of control, and most importantly, learn from their mistakes. That's absolutely vital, and lets companies approach new challenges without repeating past errors. This issue seems be at the heart of what's so infuriating about HTC and its approach to its smartphone business. As the One struggles to overcome the might of Samsung's Galaxy S 4, ...

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    "Nokia has filed further cases in the United States alleging that HTC products infringe additional Nokia patents" is the wording from a Nokia statement. The Finnish phone maker has filed another ITC complaint against the Taiwanese manufacturer, targeting the HTC One, among others. "We began actions against HTC in 2012 to end the unauthorised use of our proprietary innovations and technologies. Since then, despite the German courts confirming infringements of Nokia patents in HTC products, HTC has shown no intention to end its practices, instead it has tried to shift responsibility to its ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's demo of a smartphone with no bezel, and the possibilities of it ever happening. We later talk about Samsung, the sales results of the Galaxy S 4 and their future Developer Edition. We later go through how the Facebook phone is now being pulled away from the UK because of the obvious bad results on sales, even though they don't tell you that. We then cover HTC, their results with the sales of the HTC One, and their new HTC Desire 600. We end today's show talking about the iPhone 5S and iPad 5, manufacturing dates and even some changes ...

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    It hardly took any time at all following the HTC First's launch that we started hearing rumors of the smartphone's failure. Then we saw AT&T slash the phone's price, and all that talk started feeling like it had some weight to it. As we still stand by to learn the phone's ultimate fate in the US, its troubles spread internationally, and today we get word that the First's UK launch has been placed on indefinite hold. What's maybe most interesting is that this reportedly isn't primarily HTC's decision, or even any carrier's, but a choice made by Facebook itself. The company is apparently ...

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    Last week's news of a big HTC First price cut resulted in mixed reactions. Some saw it as great news, making an already hot phone even more affordable. On the other hand, that big of a cut, that early on in the phone's life, had others talking about the beginning of the end for the First. Today a new rumor claims that the latter situation is closer to the truth, and the First could be getting an early retirement. BGR claims to have heard from its sources that dismal First sales - to the tune of a mere 15,000 units - are causing the carrier to abandon the phone, rather than ride things out ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new offer to iOS developers to use Chrome as their navigation tool. LG is next as we talk about their probable tablet plans for the fall, along with their scheduled event for May 30th. Then let's talk about the HTC First which now gets a big price cut on AT&T, for reasons we can only assume. Samsung is next as we talk about the new galaxy devices that they'll release in the next coming months, and no, by new galaxy we don't mean the Galaxy S 4. We end today's show talking about Nokia, their EOS project, and how this can all become ...

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    The HTC First is a surprisingly decent mid-ranger that has found itself more than a bit overshadowed by the Facebook Home software that comes pre-installed. That's a bit of a shame, because your feelings about Facebook Home aside, the First is an attractive little phone in its own right and deserves to get some more attention. A week ago, we were musing about whether or not people would actually flock to the First, especially in light of heavyweights like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S 4 looking so tempting. At the time, the First was still going for about $100 on contract, so while it ...

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    Not all of us have read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so not all of us were exactly qualified to make the lame joke that kicks off this week's podcast. But we made it, and we stand behind it. Because as hundreds of fifth-rate "manufacturers" well know, sometimes you just have to fake it. But we're not talking about secondhand knockoff products in this episode of the Weekly. Rather, we get serious about octa-core comparisons, the till-recently-mythical HTC M4, the insanely cheap new Lumia out of Finland, and just how tired we are or aren't of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. In between, we ...

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    Launched in the midst of much higher-profile devices, one of the best mid-range smartphones – one that stands for much more than just another mid-range phone – has suffered from a terrible case of bad timing. After spending 11 days with the phone, our full review of the HTC First went live one week ago today. When we first caught wind of the First, there really wasn't a lot to get excited about. It was, in a sense, the elusive Facebook phone; its specifications were mediocre; its build and design were plain and simple; and it came pre-loaded with Facebook Home. There was nothing about ...

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    Although neither HTC, AT&T or Facebook consider the HTC First to be the Facebook phone in any official capacity, that's exactly what it is to the rest of the world. It's phone that HTC and Facebook worked on for "a really long time", the phone that was talked about in dozens of rumors over the course of two years, the phone that comes pre-loaded with Facebook Home. The Facebook phone. But is it really a Facebook phone? Does it really only appeal to those seeking a greater Facebook experience? According to the marketing, we have no reason to think otherwise. Every advert, every mention ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III is shaping up to be one of the most iconic Android smartphones ever. Even approaching one-year-old and with its successor, the Galaxy S 4, nearing release, it's still very relevant and successful. At the time of its launch, it featured some the best specifications around, a horde of unique software features and offered tons of value. HTC's latest smartphone, the HTC First, known for being the first smartphone to come with Facebook Home pre-installed, is an unlikely competitor or the Galaxy S III. After all, the HTC First is a lowly mid-range smartphone, ...

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    The elusive Facebook phone has been rumored for years. Facebook has been searching for a better way to monetize its service for mobile, and partnering with a hardware manufacturer seemed like the obvious move. There were two Android devices made by HTC in mid-2011, the ChaCha (Status here in the States) and Salsa, which featured dedicated Facebook share buttons on the lower right portion of the face. But Facebook never officially endorsed these two devices as Facebook phones. They were simply Android phones with a hardware integration with Facebook. Nothing more. Even after these two ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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    Stock Android phones are pretty rare, at least through major carriers worldwide. Most Android smartphones come with a customized OEM interface, such as TouchWiz or Sense. Today, Google's Nexus 4 by LG and custom ROMs on popular flagships are generally the easiest way to get your hands on the latest versions of Android without manufacturer skins. But a recent device also comes with a mostly stock version of Android on board – the HTC First. Officially, it comes with Facebook Home pre-installed. So, technically, it's not pure Android. But that's mostly semantics. You can disable Facebook ...

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    The HTC One is so exciting because it delivers a whole bunch of new ideas, all in one package. From the metal build, to the UltraPixel camera, to the stereo Boom Sound speakers, there are a lot of things HTC is trying to do differently. We've wondered how many of these might find a home in future HTC devices, and now we're starting to get our first look, upon HTC model 606w appearing in a Chinese phone database. Right away you'll notice those dual speaker grilles framing the phone's face, giving away the presence of Boom Sound. That's just the start of it, though, as this 606w is believed ...

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    In the mobile chipset space, Qualcomm has been the dominant party. From 2010 and the original Snapdragon to the Snapdragon S4 Pro and newest series, Qualcomm's chips have been used in the vast majority of the most notable low- to high-end smartphones around the world. In January, Strategy Analytics estimated that Qualcomm holds roughly 42 percent of the revenue share in the application processor market, and despite the competition heating up in the Android space, Qualcomm still holds an impressive 35 percent share. Samsung and MediaTek hold second and third in the application processor ...

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    It's pretty clear that Facebook Home is the defining feature of the HTC First. After all, that's why the device exists in the first place – to be marketed as a Facebook phone of sorts and offer a slightly more integrated Facebook Home experience than you can get on other devices. But Facebook Home is hardly the only trick up the First's sleeve. Beneath Facebook Home, it sports the one feature we hear requested more than just about any other: stock Android. Sure, the First may come with Facebook Home pre-installed, but Home is nothing more than a launcher replacement. And disabling it is ...

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    Facebook made waves when it announced its new mobile service, Facebook Home, which replaces the native launcher on Android devices with a beautiful, full-screen News Feed for a home screen. For avid Facebook users, Facebook Home has tons of value proposition, and it solves one of Facebook's most outstanding problems – monetizing mobile. The company teamed up with HTC to bring the first smartphone pre-packaged with Facebook Home, the First. With a 4.3-inch Super LCD 720p display, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed storage with no expansion, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new no-bezel project from Pantech dubbed Vega Iron. Then we talk about the Motorola X Phone, and that delay you were already expecting to hear about. The Pebble smart watch is next as their SDK gets released. Then we go over BlackBerry's recent issues with the media as apparently their Z10 is being returned as quick as it's bought. We end today's show talking about the HTC First, Facebook Home, Chat heads and everything you need to know about Facebook's new home on Android. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC First Unboxing ...

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    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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    As Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook Home, Peter Chou unveiled the HTC First on April 4 and AT&T promised it would be available starting April 12, which is today. The phone packs a dual-core Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 2,000mAh battery, five-megapixel main camera, 1.6-megapixel front-facerand a 4.3-inch 720p display. Following the source link below you'll be able to grab your own; it goes for $99.99 with a two-year contract or $449.99 outright. You'll also be able to choose your favorite out of four color options. Source: AT&T

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    Stuff comes up, folks. Sometimes you've got a pressing appointment in Romania, or a meeting scheduled in Media, PA. Sometimes you're at the day job, other times you're off the grid somewhere in the country. Other times you're buying a car. These things happen. Fortunately for us, these things don't usually happen all at once, which means the Pocketnow Weekly podcast usually features more than two people on the air. But today, listeners, Lady Luck was not with us. Today, Sam the Scheduler was out sick, because every member of the Pocketnow team was otherwise engaged when it came time to ...

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