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Liveblog: Facebook’s new “Home” on Android announcement

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Liveblog: Facebook’s new “Home” on Android announcement
After a couple years of rumors, we will see what may be a culmination of all the conjecture over the “Facebook phone.” We have been sharing musings over a rumored phone since at least early 2011. HTC has tipped into the mix with a couple Facebook-centric devices during that time, but since then, all we have been left with have been more rumors or innuendo about whatever plans Facebook might, or might not have.  Now, it looks like we will see something that will bring Facebook to a new front on the world's most popular mobile operating system.

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

13:07Keep checking with Phonearena.com as we work our way to get some hands on with the new HTC First.
13:05That's a wrap folks. We are going to check out the Home demo lounge.
13:05Think of it as an app.
13:05Home is not overly dependent on OS updates.
13:03How dependent on Android updates will Home be? Carrier support?
13:00Plans in the works to integrate other services and opportunities for developers.
12:59Home does have several settings, home screens, lock screens. Folders and widgets not supported at launch.
12:58A few more questions before things wrap up.
12:57"This is good for Android." - Mark Zuckerberg.
12:55Part of the gang with Q&A.
12:54What will happen if Google changes the rules? Mark says that he thinks Google is Android is committed to openness.
12:53Will Home come to iOS? Facebook works with Apple.
12:52Analytics are gathered but really weighed in about 0.5% of the user base
12:51Now a question about data collection from using Home.
12:50Social networking augments social sense. It does not degrade from offline relationships. Per Mark.
12:49Mark is addressing the motion that some adolescents might be abandoning Facebook.
12:47Question re: optimization. HTC optimized to ensure good performance, battery, network etc.
12:45Now Q&A time.
12:45That's a wrap of the presentation. Now we'll see what's next.
12:44We're soon going to be living in a world where the remaining 5b feature phone users will be smartphone empowered.
12:42Now back to Mark Zuckerberg.
12:42It can be pre-ordered today.
12:41LTE enabled, available April 12th, $99.99 exclusively on AT&T.
12:41The phone is going to feel good. It's not going to be a giant sized phone.
12:39Now Ralph de la Vega, CEO, AT&T Mobility.
12:38This is a partnership with AT&T. Avail I'm red, black, white, powder blue.
12:38The ultimate social phone.
12:37Mr. Chou is introducing the HTC First.
12:36Peter Chou CEO HTC.
12:36AT&T and HTC are the first partners.
12:35Now the Facebook Home program for OEMs OS announced.
12:35Facebook Home will be available for download on April 12th.
12:33Now we're going to get a video of Home I'm action.
12:32We think this is the best version of Facebook there is.
12:32Now we're back to Mark.
12:31Mobile first is the focus. Home is the next step, "Mobile best"
12:31Now discussion the openness of Android. No need for a Facebook OS, or to fork Android.
12:30Home will update every month.
12:29Tablets are not yet available, but the content centric UI will be great with tablets.
12:29Home will give you the option to run always or "just one".
12:28How do you get Home? Just install off Google Play.
12:28The most fun messaging experience yet.
12:27The bright screen is not helping in the dark room but multiple chat heads can be seen or collapsed.
12:25Conversations can be swiped away.
12:24Right in the upper right corner. It remains until viewed or dismissed.
12:24Now we're going to discuss Chat Heads...
12:23Now Joey Flynn, Product Designer.
12:22We can access apps with a swipe up from our own "avatar"....
12:21These notifications have a horizontal card UI, reminiscent of webOS.
12:20Interactions are gesture based. Very little "depth" per se, cover feed brings content to the top.

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posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:31 12

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


LOL. I don't have a Facebook account. Does this sound strange? :)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:36 6

2. MikeG77 (Posts: 367; 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

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:38 2

3. YaBoiDre10 (Posts: 84; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Same here.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:50 3

5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; 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! :)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:48 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6148; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Not too me youre lucky.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:51 1

6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha.....I'm not that lucky, I'm just not interested!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:11 2

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


lol your ava, anyway, facebook is pretty much useless these days, it's like a ghost town

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:16

10. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; 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

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:33 1

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.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:42 2

13. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh I see......How about Twitter?

(Don't ask, I don't have a Twitter account either....) :D

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:45 1

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.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:00

17. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, I only have a PA account...... ;(

I'm an outdated guy..... ;(

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:19 1

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! :-)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:33

22. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; 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!"

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 09:17

24. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Anytime bro!!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:16 2

19. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Lol. ..
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..

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 10:59 3

7. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


I have a Facebook just to enter some contests,
I Have no friends LOL

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:15

9. amats69 (Posts: 981; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


ok ill give FB a chance....ill check what they will offer this time :)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:30 2

11. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


fix the god dam app before releasing a phone...morons

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:51

15. warren24 (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


phil nickinson...lol

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 11:57

16. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Nuffin in an hour.. what an event lol

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:06 4

18. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I open PHONEARENA.COM more than FACEBOOK :-)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:27

21. amats69 (Posts: 981; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol! me too!hahaha

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:54

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

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