It seems that Facebook will announce its own smartphone this week, one that will allegedly run a new Android UI, which will be named Facebook Home.
The name of the users interface comes from two different sources, according to which Facebook Home is going to be the appellation of the new Android UI. According to 9to5 Google, Facebook has already sent invitations to the press members for its media event, invitations which read “Come See Our New Home on Android”. At first glance, one might think that the company will unveil a new Facebook application experience for Android OS, but it seems that Facebook Home is the actual name of the product.
Facebook Home is suggested by Twitter tipster @evleaks, as well. He says that the current version of the Facebook app for Android OS has to be updated in order to support Facebook Home. The company will hold a media event, which will take place on April 4. We will be right here to cover it for you.
Last week we heard that this Facebook smartphone will be made by HTC and will come running a forked Android version. The device is supposed to include a plethora of Facebook applications, and will have an appearance similar to Apple’s iPhone. As for the hardware, it seems that the Facebook smartphone will pack decent specs such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with two Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage space, 8 MP camera, and a 4.3 -inch screen.
Also, it looks the phone maker and the social network are already discussing possible contracts with carriers, though information about the handset’s availability hasn’t been provided until now.
However, another previous report claimed that Facebook has no interest in developing its own Android fork user interface (just as Amazon did with the OS run by the Kindle Fire), but the social network only wants to tweak all Android handsets with its Facebook-based UI replacing the standard Android Home Screen. If this happens it would not be truly an Android fork, even though some operating system changes would have to be made. With this in mind, all the Facebook Home rumors make perfect sense.
And if Facebook does come up with a smartphone of its own, why would anyone need one?