Smartphone manufacturers not interested in Facebook Home

Smartphone manufacturers not interested in Facebook Home
With units of the HTC First collecting dust inside AT&T warehouses, it is no surprise that a number of other smartphone manufacturers have no interest in developing an Android model with the Facebook launcher pre-installed. The HTC First, the first handset to come with Facebook Home installed out of the box was released with a price tag of $99.99 on contract. That price has been cut by a massive 99% to 99 cents and even at that price, there doesn't appear to be any takers. The HTC First was also supposed to touchdown in the U.K., a trip that has been since canceled.

According to Industry sources, Facebook did a smart thing and approached top Android smartphone OEM Samsung about developing a Facebook Home powered model. Some might say that the Korean based tech titan did the smarter thing and turned Facebook down. But these sources say that some Android manufacturers haven't totally rejected the idea of putting together a Facebook Home supported model. Most likely these firms are waiting to see if Facebook improves the functionality of the launcher.

Meanwhile, OEMs like HTC, Sony and Huawei are said to be more interested in improving their own home screen and UI.

source: DigiTimes

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20 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

The iPhone is already a facebook phone... go back to your ios turf Mr zuckerberg, no android love for you :)

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I don't know why... but they should improve their facebook apps instead of releasing facebook phone

2. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I don't hate Facebook Home but it doesn't have any features that could make me or us "WOW!" The first time I saw Facebook Home, I really wanted it, after I read the article (sigh)...

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Smartphone manufacturers not interested in Facebook Home" So are the smartphone users.

4. FlushGordon unregistered

And the colossal flop award goes to.........

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's actually a 99% cut, not 90%.

9. Polrt3

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Exactly!

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Just give up Mr. Zuckerberg! Nobody wants Facebook phone!

10. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Such a shame. The Hardware for the HTC First is quite good for a midranger. And considering once the Facebook home is turned off that it runs vanilla Android, it really should be doing a lot better.

20. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

... but people don't care, which is pretty sad :(

11. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

...the AT&T salesman at the big AT&T mall store told me that they literally had not sold 1 unit of this f(akebook) Branded POS...Why would anyone actually PAY to advertise for that low-life?

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Well that's reassuring. Who the hell wants FB phone anyway? No one wants FB too see what you're doing.

14. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

It's not smartphone manufacturers are not interested in Facebook Home. It is consumers are not interested in Facebook Home. Just look at the rating on Google Play. It is a 2.5 star average and the majority of people gave it only 1 star.

15. Notsosuperdave

Posts: 29; Member since: May 15, 2013

OK honestly - really good idea that would have sold well to 35 and under crowd - if ... A: Not an AT&T exclusive (Big Red for me) B: not an HTC (H.ard T.o C.onnect) C: Didn't have so many glitches (Apparently since i would know since it wasn't...) D: Available Download for more Phone Models

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I would highly dispute the "35 and under crowd". Probably closer to 20 and under that use FB constantly.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

What Zuckerberg, FB and its shareholders don't grasp is that the popularity of Facebook is in spite of its creepiness, not because of it. My friends and family and I use Facebook because it's the most convenient way to stay in touch with the friends and family that we don't normally call or text. We don't like it, we just use it.

18. androidhater

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Facebook will soon down:)

22. waterninja21

Posts: 28; Member since: May 03, 2013

Here is what AT&T can do with the left over HTC First phones, take them to a remote part of a desert and give them the Atari ET game treatment. LOL

23. MartianMe unregistered

haha.... c google.. u didn't have anything to worry about it.

24. joey18

Posts: 655; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

samsung are facebook home evry hour new galaxy a to z

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