Facebook phone: HTC ‘First’ smartphone announced for AT
HTC announced a new smartphone called the “First” Thursday that has been optimized for Facebook Home, a new interface for the Android operating system.
The Taiwanese phone maker said the HTC First is the “ultimate social phone.” The device was designed specifically for Facebook Home, a smartphone Facebook-centric interface also announced Thursday.
The HTC First will be available from AT&T; for $99.99 - pre-orders will be taken as of today on the carrier’s website. It will go on sale in stores April 12 to coincide with the launch of Facebook Home.
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You don’t need the new Facebook phone to use the Home interface. Users of the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note 2 and the upcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be able to download it for free from.
While it was expected that HTC would announce a “Facebook phone,” the timing of the device’s release is a bit of a surprise. HTC already is set to begin selling another major smartphone, its HTC One, on April 19.
At $200, the HTC One will be twice the price of the HTC First.
HTC may simply be choosing to sell two major phones around the same time to give consumers more options over rival Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. That phone will go on sale later this month as the follow-up to 2012’s incredibly popular Galaxy S III.
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