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Facebook has invited journalists to the unveiling of what it calls its "new home on Android." Next Thursday's event will take place at the company's Menlo Park, California, headquarters.

Facebook isn't providing further details. There has been speculation about a "Facebook phone" for a few years. Facebook has long said it would not make its own phone. Rather, such a phone would likely integrate Facebook deeper into the phone's software.

Citing unnamed sources, the tech blog TechCrunch says Facebook Inc. will launch a modified version of Android that embeds Facebook deeply into the operating system, on a phone made by HTC Corp.

A Facebook rival, Google Inc., makes the Android software that Facebook and HTC would be using under that scenario. Google makes the software available on an open-source basis, meaning others including rivals are free to adapt it for their needs. Amazon.com Inc. does just that in modifying Android to run its Kindle tablet computers.

More than half of Facebook's 1.06 billion monthly users access it on a mobile device. A deeper integration would help Facebook with its mobile aspirations.--Source: International Business News


At the launch of its mobile interface layer called Facebook Home, Facebook along with HTC announced the launch of the HTC First, the first smartphone built to feature Home out of the box.

The HTC First features a 4.3-inch touch screen display that has a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8930AA) processor and has 1GB of RAM. It's got a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.6-megapixel front camera. The rear camera is capable of recording 1080p video. The phone features 16GB of internal storage but does not have a memory card slot for expanding storage capacity. It has a 2,000mAh non-removable battery. The phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Facebook Home. The HTC First will be available in four colors: black, white, red and pale blue.

In further continuation of the Facebook theme, HTC First will be the first phone to come pre-installed with Facebook's Instagram, the popular image-sharing app/ social network.

The HTC First is available for pre-order for $99.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T in the US and will be available starting April 12. AT&T's website lists the HTC First's regular price as $449.99 (without contract). The phone will be launched exclusively with Orange in France and EE in the UK. The exact dates of the Europe launch have not been announced.--Source: NDTV

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