Last week, AT&T lowered the price of the HTC First, the first phone to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home, to $0.99 for customers who committed to two-year agreements. Now, BGR is reporting that the device’s poor sales have led AT&T to discontinue the HTC First altogether.
The HTC First, announced as the flagship Android device for Facebook Home, now costs less than a fast-food cheeseburger (well, before taxes and fees). AT&T has discounted the price of the HTC First from $99.99 to $0.99, with a two-year agreement.
You can’t get to 1.11 billion friends without spending a few dollars: Consumer Watchdog reported that the social network spent $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter of 2013, up a whopping 277 percent from $650,000 in the year-earlier period.
Even though Android overlay Facebook Home was introduced April 4, after the first quarter had already ended, those expecting Home to be a big part of Facebook’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday were sorely disappointed.
Spruce Media, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, examined the state of Facebook advertising in the first quarter of 2013, and reported mostly positive results, in advance of the social network’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday afternoon.
When Facebook introduced Home, a fully integrated mobile platform for Android, it also announced that select phones will have this technology starting April 12. The HTC One, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S IV, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and HTC First will be the flagship devices for Facebook Home. Do you plan on getting one?
Facebook Thursday unveiled the closest thing to a Facebook phone, with Home. Select Android devices will have access to Home starting April 12, and it will later become available to more users. This news was met with curiosity, excitement, and a little bit of fear, knowing that Facebook would go from being a part of the phone to being a part of the entire mobile experience.
It’s not exactly a Facebook phone. It’s not exactly a Facebook application. It’s Home, and it will be on select Android devices starting April 12. The company announced Thursday that the HTC First, as previously rumored, will be the flagship for deep Facebook integration, and other phones will have these capabilities soon. From these devices, Facebook will make a highly visual Cover Feed the focus, bringing users closer to photos, status updates, check-ins — and, someday, ads.
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.
Social marketing software provider Spredfast announced Tuesday that it raised $18 million in venture capital in a round led by OpenView Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Austin Ventures and InterWest Partners.