If you are an addicted Facebook user, you would probably be wanting to get your hands on Facebook Home, the new Android launcher announced last week. It is coming to Google Play on April 12, but it will only be compatible with five smartphones initially.
Facebook Home will essentially replace the Android smartphone's skin with the one customized to give a Facebook-centric appearance while retaining all the apps and other elements of Android. The smartphone makers can continue to give Google's Mobile Suite of apps and services along with Facebook Home UI.
Basically, Facebook Home is a great ploy by the social networking firm to increase the total minutes of usage while mining user data at the same time. From the minute a user switches on a phone the Facebook experience begins with Cover Feed, which is essentially photos and status updates Facebook feed. Moreover, users can swipe through the photos or status updates, like them and even comment on them directly from the lock screen.
Also, Facebook Home comes with Chat Head, which merges the Facebook Messenger with SMS inbox. Chat Head opens whenever a new message arrives and remains on the screen until the user removes them manually. Interestingly. these are non-intrusive and users can continue to do whatever they were doing and even switch between apps without having to dismiss the notification or respond to it.
Initially, soon after the roll out of the Facebook Home app on April 12, selected HTC and Samsung models will support it. Further, HTC First, the first smartphone to come with the Facebook Home launcher pre-installed should also be included in this list.
Apart from these first wave of smartphones, Facebook has revealed that major smartphone vendors including Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Sony, Lenovo, ZTE and Alcatel will also be launching smartphones with the Facebook Home launcher pre-installed.
If you like to have the Facebook Home app installed on your Android smartphone and coincidentally, you own a HTC or Samsung smartphone, below is a gallery showing the smartphones that might be compatible for the same. Have a look at it.
HTC First, which is the first official smartphone to have the Facebook launcher. HTC First comes with a 4.3 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixels and 341 ppi pixel density, 1.4GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 5MP rear camera with BSI sensor and autofocus, 1.6MP front camera for video calling, 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and a 2,000 mAh battery.
The HTC First will be launched in U.S. on April 12 on Google Play Store alongside the roll out of the Facebook Home app.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Galaxy S4 packs a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a stunning resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared port and a 2,600 mAh battery.
Further, Galaxy S4 has a plethora of new and innovative software features including Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, Samsung Smart Pause, Samsung Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, Samsung Optical Reader and more.
It is speculated that Galaxy S4 will be released in India in the last week of April and is estimated to be priced below Rs 40,000.
HTC One has a 4.7 inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor, 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, high speed HSPA+, micro USB and a 2,300 mAh battery.
HTC has launched the One in India at a price of Rs 42,900 and the handset will be released by the end of this month.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Galaxy S3 features a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection, quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 16/32GB internal memory, micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable memory, Also, the handset is packed with features like NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
Samsung Galaxy S3 being one of the hottest selling smartphones has achieved scoring sales being priced at Rs 31,990.
HTC One X+
HTC One X+, the upgraded variant of One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, quad core 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 64GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, 25GB free Dropbox storage for two years, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 2,100 mAh Li-Po battery delivering 6 hours of talk time.
Recently, HTC has slashed the price of One X+ drastically from Rs 38,500 to Rs 29,500.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Galaxy Note 2, the second generation Samsung phablet comes with a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 1.4GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, S Pen support, 16GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage and a 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.
After a recent price hike, Galaxy Note 2 is available online at a price of Rs 36,645.
HTC One X
HTC One X, which has received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, quad core 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 16GB/32GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, NFC and a 1,800 mAh Li-ion battery offering up to 8 hours backup.
Even HTC One has received a price drop from Rs 32,000 to Rs 25,990, which is a major discount.