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AT&T Facebook phone sold out: how this “ROKR” may lead to better days

AT&T Facebook phone sold out: how this “ROKR” may lead to better days

It's not that the HTC First was a terrible phone - in fact, it's bound to become a cult classic due to its ability to become all but Nexus with a quick switch-off of Facebook Home. But that's not the issue here. The issue is that this first Facebook phone was not selling well on the one and only network it was with - AT&T - but after reducing the price of it down to a buck, the company's mobile chief Ralph de la Vega has let it be known that they've sold the whole lot out.

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Samsung Facebook Phone aim tipped as Zuckerberg visits Korea

Samsung Facebook Phone aim tipped as Zuckerberg visits Korea

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg approached Samsung to make the next Facebook Home smartphone, sources claim, though the likelihood of Samsung following the ill-fated HTC First is seen as being low. Zuckerberg met Samsung Mobile's chief, Shin Jong-kyun, during a trip to Korea this week, where, an insider told The Korea Herald, he "asked Samsung to step up cooperation" with the social network.

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HTC First “Facebook phone” UK launch plans axed [Confirmed!]

HTC First “Facebook phone” UK launch plans axed [Confirmed!]

Plans to launch the HTC First "Facebook phone" in the UK have been axed, with Facebook now focusing on finessing Home instead. A poor reception to the Android handset in the US, where carrier AT&T unexpectedly slashed the cost from $99.99 to $0.99 on contract after just a few weeks of sales, has been blamed for the decision, which is said to have come from Facebook rather than either HTC or the network. Update: EE has confirmed the First won't be launching in the UK; more details after the cut.

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Facebook Phone event sends stock up 3 percent

Facebook Phone event sends stock up 3 percent

Investors appear to be cautiously optimistic about the announcements made today regarding Facebook and their new Android smartphone-based software experience. Stocks have jumped over 3% after the Facebook "New Home on Android" event, this allowing the stock to hit $27 and above for the first time in half a month. What we must assume is that the negativity in talk of a Facebook Phone (that is, a complete replacement of the operating system) was doused by the appearance of Facebook Home - a home screen replacement app for Android.

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Facebook Home app vs Facebook Phone: what’s the difference?

Facebook Home app vs Facebook Phone: what’s the difference?

This week the Facebook Home Android homescreen replacement experience has been revealed, and with it no lack of questions on the part of future users. While many users will be downloading Facebook Home as an app from the Google Play store, there will be a variety of smartphones being released in the coming months that have Facebook Home loaded right out of the box. The HTC first is the first of these, it also being the first smartphone to have Instagram out of the box - so what's the difference between your experience there and your experience on the smartphone you've got now with Facebook Home loaded to it?

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HTC first official: Facebook Phone unveiled

HTC first official: Facebook Phone unveiled

This week the folks at Facebook have teamed up with HTC to show off the first of what may be many Facebook Phones in what's called the HTC first. This smartphone brings the full Facebook software experience to you in an Android-based user interface called "Facebook Home". This smartphone is a mid-range unit when it comes to hardware specifications and will be offered in a variety of color casings. See our official HTC first and Facebook Home hands-on now!

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AT&T Mobility CEO spotted at Facebook Phone event

AT&T Mobility CEO spotted at Facebook Phone event

This morning as we prepare to enter the Android-centric Facebook event, we've spotted no less than Ralph de la Vega himself: AT&T Mobility President and CEO. As the mobile carrier's president steps into Building 16 at 1 Hacker Way, it essentially means a lock for a real-deal Facebook Phone coming up later today.

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HTC first Facebook phone press photo leaked

HTC first Facebook phone press photo leaked

Those of you still skeptical about the possibility of an HTC Facebook Phone can toss in the rest of your chips - there's been a full leak of the so-called "HTC first" this afternoon. This leak includes one extremely clear photo of the device in question from the notoriously accurate @evleaks, leaker of so many devices such as this in this same manner that we've simply come to trust the man. This device is one that will be launching with Facebook's own customized user interface over Android later this week.

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Does the HTC Facebook Phone belong in your pocket?

Does the HTC Facebook Phone belong in your pocket?

This week the Facebook Phone has been revealed. Unofficially, of course, but in a run-down of the software that comes within the device more in-depth than we'd otherwise be skeptical about. What we've got here is a midrange smartphone from HTC that runs the big news: Facebook Home. This software is at once a simple app for Android AND a user interface that takes over Android fully. The HTC smartphone hardware is almost like an afterthought.

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