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Facebook Home and HTC First Hands-on

Facebook Home and HTC First Hands-on

It's the Facebook phone… but it's every phone. Facebook Home is here, and it wants to take control of your Android experience, a new software suite rather than a specific handset. Unveiled at Facebook HQ this morning, Home arrives on Android via the Play store from April 12 and splashes your photos and friends across the lockscreen and the homescreen. We've been playing with Facebook Home today on the HTC First, the first device to fit into Facebook's Home Program; read on for our first-impressions.

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Facebook Home run-down: everything you need to know

Facebook Home run-down: everything you need to know

Facebook announced and showed off its new Facebook Home start screen/home screen feature for Android devices today, and there was a lot of new stuff that the social network went over, including features like Chat Heads, Cover Feed, and of course, the new HTC First smartphone built specifically for Facebook junkies. However, here's everything you need to know about today's announcements.

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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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Future devices that will support Facebook Home

Future devices that will support Facebook Home

So who are the lucky people who get to try out Facebook Home first? Well it turns out that those of us who have an HTC One, HTC One X (X+), Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung GALAXY S4, or a Samsung Galaxy Note II will be able to take advantage of Facebook Home when it launches on April 12th. That way you won't have to grab Facebook and HTC's lackluster HTC First in order to take advantage of Facebook's new product.

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Facebook Home Cover Feed lockscreen detailed

Facebook Home Cover Feed lockscreen detailed

Facebook Home brings a variety of features that make it more than just an app. One of the new features will be the new "Cover Feed". Cover Feed will be the first thing you see when you open Facebook Home. It will bring you the latest and important status updates from your closest friends as soon as you open the app. That will make sure that you never miss out on an important event again.

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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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Facebook Home for Android: here’s how you get it

Facebook Home for Android: here’s how you get it

This week Facebook Home has been revealed by the company as a Home Screen Replacement app for Android. This update takes on Android as a sort of cover for your Android device - any Android device - as an app available on Google Play. You'll be able to take a peek at this app starting on April 12th and updates will be available each month afterward on-the-day each month without fail.

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Facebook announces Chat Heads messaging service

Facebook announces Chat Heads messaging service

We're here at Facebook's phone event, where they just announced Facebook Home, a new home screen of sorts built for Android devices. The company is going a little deeper in depth on some of the new features, one of which is a new messaging system called Chat Heads, which essentially allows you to message your Facebook friends in a new way.

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Facebook “not building a phone and not building an operating system”

Facebook “not building a phone and not building an operating system”

Mark Zuckerberg took the stage today at Facebook's event. He stated that the social network is "not building a phone and not building an operating system", but something that will make phones center around the people, instead of just the apps. He says that Facebook wants to build "the best experience for every person on every phone" He says, "You don't need to fork android to do this, you don't even need to modify the operating system."

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Facebook Home revealed: a family of apps for any Android device

Facebook Home revealed: a family of apps for any Android device

This week Facebook has revealed a software experience for any Android device they call "Home." This experience is a family of apps for any Android device that's been teased to work on not just the HTC device we've already been teased with, but any Android device you've got in your pocket right now. This system is build around people, not apps, as Zuckerberg spoke about, and is not a full re-work of Android.

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