One of the most enduring smartphone related rumors could finally come to an end tomorrow as Facebook has something to show the tech world on April 4. The tech media world is just a day away from the media event that social networking giant Facebook is planning to host.
Despite intense competition with Google, the main topic of the event will be something related to Android. This is evident from the invite with the tagline "Come see our new home on Android."
Rumors of Facebook developing a smartphone date back to 2010, but few descriptions that have surfaced since have provided little information on the long-deferred device or its software. It seems like now is the time for Facebook, as not only rumors claim so but also because of the leaks that have been surfacing these day with unusual details.
On Tuesday, @evleaks, the Twitter user who is well known for revealing the details of upcoming smartphones has leaked an image claimed to be the render of the Facebook phone. The leak suggests that the handset will be called HTC First, similar to the company's flagship smartphone - HTC One. The name First adds some sense for the Facebook phone as it could mean that the users of it will be the first ones to spot the activity going on the social network. But, the hardware is not too exciting as it lacks the wow factor present in the HTC One, being a mid-range smartphone.
Buffy, Opera, Myst or First?
Despite the denial of the preparations on a Facebook oriented smartphone by Mark Zuckerberg, Taiwanese tech giant HTC is constantly surfacing in the rumors to be prepping such a handset. The smartphone vendor has been linked with a selection of potential Facebook phones over the years.
The long rumored Buffy project included the HTC Opera UL in late 2012, which was replaced by HTC Myst then, a smartphone that the tech world has been talking of recently. And, now the handset is alleged to be named HTC First.
Low Cost Smartphone
Rumours are rife that the Facebook homescreen will be based on a low-cost, no-frills phone, suggesting that while it will have all the social media capabilities and connectivity in the world, especially for Facebook, it will run on a mid-range hardware packing an average camera, storage capacity, speakers and even ruggedness.
Facebook Home Software
Facebook Home is designed to launch once the smartphone boots and the software has got access to all sorts of functionality that the Facebook app cannot do. It can disable the Android lock screen, turn Wi-Fi on and off, identify which apps are currently running and alter the phone's settings. On the forthcoming smartphone, Facebook Home might completely replace HTC's own home screen app. In fact, Facebook Home will deliver a unified, always-on Facebook experience to Android users.
Ongoing rumors about the Facebook phone suggest that the handset will be a mid-range offering boasting a 4.3 inch 720p display, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, no micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G (in selected regions) and Bluetooth 4.0.