Facebook finally announced what it has long denied: A Facebook phone. Soon, Android phones will have what the company calls Home, which involves deep Facebook integration. It’s not an application, not a phone, but more like a platform for Android. Users can become connected to friends’ stories and photos immediately.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, told reporters and guests at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday that the company wanted to build a mobile experience around friends, not apps:
We want to bring this experience of having a home, of always knowing what’s going on around you, right to your phone. And we want to deliver this experience to as many people as possible.
Instead of a home screen, users will be connected to their users’ Facebook stories. By tapping on your photo on the bottom of the home screen, you can access the apps on your phone.
Facebook also introduced a new messaging feature called Chat Heads, where a little bubble with a friend’s head will pop up on the screen when they send you a message. You can move the bubble around and respond from any screen.
We will have more details later, but the phones that will be able to download Facebook Home will be the HTC One, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S IV, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. The HTC First phone, which will be the flagship for this technology, will be available April 12 for AT&T customers for $99.99.