Liveblog: Facebook’s new “Home” on Android announcement
Last week, the press invitations went out to “come see our new home on Android.” PhoneArena.com is here at Facebook’s offices in Menlo Park, California to bring you the play-by-play of the announcement as it unfolds.
Once the presentation is over, keep checking in with PhoneArena.com as we will provide up-close photos and hands-on of the anticipated hardware featuring the new Facebook Home.
In the meantime, keep your browser pointed right here as we cover the event live! The Facebook event is scheduled to begin at 10:00am PT | 12:00 Noon CT | 1:00pm ET | 5:00pm GMT!
Live event tracker
|13:07||Keep checking with Phonearena.com as we work our way to get some hands on with the new HTC First.|
|13:05||That's a wrap folks. We are going to check out the Home demo lounge.|
|13:05||Think of it as an app.|
|13:05||Home is not overly dependent on OS updates.|
|13:03||How dependent on Android updates will Home be? Carrier support?|
|13:00||Plans in the works to integrate other services and opportunities for developers.|
|12:59||Home does have several settings, home screens, lock screens. Folders and widgets not supported at launch.|
|12:58||A few more questions before things wrap up.|
|12:57||"This is good for Android." - Mark Zuckerberg.|
|12:55||Part of the gang with Q&A.|
|12:54||What will happen if Google changes the rules? Mark says that he thinks Google is Android is committed to openness.|
|12:53||Will Home come to iOS? Facebook works with Apple.|
|12:52||Analytics are gathered but really weighed in about 0.5% of the user base|
|12:51||Now a question about data collection from using Home.|
|12:50||Social networking augments social sense. It does not degrade from offline relationships. Per Mark.|
|12:49||Mark is addressing the motion that some adolescents might be abandoning Facebook.|
|12:47||Question re: optimization. HTC optimized to ensure good performance, battery, network etc.|
|12:45||Now Q&A time.|
|12:45||That's a wrap of the presentation. Now we'll see what's next.|
|12:44||We're soon going to be living in a world where the remaining 5b feature phone users will be smartphone empowered.|
|12:42||Now back to Mark Zuckerberg.|
|12:42||It can be pre-ordered today.|
|12:41||LTE enabled, available April 12th, $99.99 exclusively on AT&T.|
|12:41||The phone is going to feel good. It's not going to be a giant sized phone.|
|12:39||Now Ralph de la Vega, CEO, AT&T Mobility.|
|12:38||This is a partnership with AT&T. Avail I'm red, black, white, powder blue.|
|12:38||The ultimate social phone.|
|12:37||Mr. Chou is introducing the HTC First.|
|12:36||Peter Chou CEO HTC.|
|12:36||AT&T and HTC are the first partners.|
|12:35||Now the Facebook Home program for OEMs OS announced.|
|12:35||Facebook Home will be available for download on April 12th.|
|12:33||Now we're going to get a video of Home I'm action.|
|12:32||We think this is the best version of Facebook there is.|
|12:32||Now we're back to Mark.|
|12:31||Mobile first is the focus. Home is the next step, "Mobile best"|
|12:31||Now discussion the openness of Android. No need for a Facebook OS, or to fork Android.|
|12:30||Home will update every month.|
|12:29||Tablets are not yet available, but the content centric UI will be great with tablets.|
|12:29||Home will give you the option to run always or "just one".|
|12:28||How do you get Home? Just install off Google Play.|
|12:28||The most fun messaging experience yet.|
|12:27||The bright screen is not helping in the dark room but multiple chat heads can be seen or collapsed.|
|12:25||Conversations can be swiped away.|
|12:24||Right in the upper right corner. It remains until viewed or dismissed.|
|12:24||Now we're going to discuss Chat Heads...|
|12:23||Now Joey Flynn, Product Designer.|
|12:22||We can access apps with a swipe up from our own "avatar"....|
|12:21||These notifications have a horizontal card UI, reminiscent of webOS.|
|12:20||Interactions are gesture based. Very little "depth" per se, cover feed brings content to the top.|
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
LOL. I don't have a Facebook account. Does this sound strange? :)
2. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
To some people yes but its nothing but a pita because people act like children on it. I have an acct and i only look at it if someone sends me a message, freind request etc etc
5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I'd rather stay in PA to post comments and read some articles.
LOL. Call me an outdated guy, I don't care. I'm just not interested of Facebook right now. Maybe next time! :)
6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Hahaha.....I'm not that lucky, I'm just not interested!
8. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1304; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
lol your ava, anyway, facebook is pretty much useless these days, it's like a ghost town
10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Hahaha.....is there something wrong with LG and Android?
Ok, back to the main thing. In Facebook, you just share your photos and videos with people. Playing games, "Like", comment etc.
Oh, and the worst thing is that you need to tell people where you live at, where you study at! xD
12. Aeires (unregistered)
Nope. Only reason I opened one was my 20 year school reunion was using it to communicate the event information. Haven't used it since.
13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Oh I see......How about Twitter?
(Don't ask, I don't have a Twitter account either....) :D
14. Aeires (unregistered)
Nope. I have a DeviantArt account and here. I'm old school, prefer real life relationships more than hiding behind monitor ones.
17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Well, I only have a PA account...... ;(
I'm an outdated guy..... ;(
20. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
No dude... You aren't one!!
Don't worry, be happy...!
Many people don't have a Facebook account.. It doesn't mean that they are stupid or outdated...!!
Every one is special in their own sense! :-)
22. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4666; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Hahaha.....thanks for consoling me! Some of my friends called me "outdated".
But no worries, cuz I said "In your face, I have a PhoneArena account!"
19. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
anyways I have a Facebook account and I'm sure that I can't live without it..!!
Maybe it's because I'm a teenager and most of my friends have an account o it...
I chat wid my old friends and also wid my girlfriend...!
One can share pics....!
Although I admit that their are stupid things in it like game requests and ads...
Although I like Google plus more than FB... It's Android app and ui is much much better than that of its competitor..
7. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
I have a Facebook just to enter some contests,
I Have no friends LOL
9. amats69 (Posts: 794; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
ok ill give FB a chance....ill check what they will offer this time :)
11. bloodline (Posts: 685; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
fix the god dam app before releasing a phone...morons
18. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
I open PHONEARENA.COM more than FACEBOOK :-)
23. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Photo qualities from the venue are of poor quality. Its sad that PhoneArena team use a dumb camera to capture images in one of the important events