On April 4th, which happens to be tomorrow, Facebook is holding an important Android event. Reports are indicating that the social network giant is on the verge of launching a smartphone manufactured by HTC and pre-loaded with Facebook Home a special user interface developed by the software engineers of the social network, fitted on top of Android.
Known so far as HTC Myst, a new report coming straight from the guys @evleaks shows that it will be called HTC First and unveils the first rendered picture of the device.
Rumor has it that HTC First will sport a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 341 ppi, while the hardware platform is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and 1 GB of RAM.
The rumored technical specifications are recommending HTC First as a mid-end smartphone, therefore it will not be a direct competitor of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, or iPhone 5S.
It is perfectly normal for Facebook and HTC to launch an attractive smartphone in terms of technical specifications, but also with an accessible price, in order to lure as many customers as possible.
HTC First will probably stand out with its software platform. According to the latest reports the smartphone will be running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, with Facebook Home user interface, which will probably make the social network the central piece of the new smartphone.
The Facebook Home might also be just an app, with expanded permissions that is capable of controlling your homescreen, lockscreen or the WiFi connection, besides changing certain system settings. If so, the HTC First might come with HTC Sense 5.
But HTC First will not be a Facebook device. Apparently, Facebook Home app will also be available in Google Play Store, therefore any user will be able to download and install it on any Android smartphone. Anyway, the new Facebook Home app will most likely be compatible only with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later terminals.
HTC First might be just the first smartphone co-developed by Facebook and a third party manufacturer, especially because, according to the rumors, the Home app will not be developed only for a single OEM.