Rumors indicate that in addition to the introduction of its new phone, Facebook is planning to release a launcher


Sure many of you are anxious for the release of a new Android phone completely based and designed for Facebook, and as silly as I think the idea is (sources claim that it is not about April fools day), now the speculations indicate the “Facebook Phone” will be presented on Thursday April 4 along with a launcher and unveiled their specifications.

According to an APK AndroidPolice site received, the Facebook Phone would be a device that would run with a modified version of Android in order to stay all day connected to Facebook. They dismantled step by step this APK and the assumed specs are:

  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Model: MYSTUL (Myst_UL)
  • Carrier: AT&T
  • Platform: MSM8960 (Dual Core)
  • Ram: 1GB
  • Display: 4.3 inch @ 720p resolution
  • Android Version: 4.1.2
  • Sense Version: 4.5
  • Rear Camera = 5M
  • Front Camera = 1.6M
  • No SD Card
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n

Rumors match regarding previous reports since spoke of the manufacturer HTC, Android version 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a dual-core processor at 1.5 GHz If so, would be in presence of a midrange Android sure to draw the price because does not provide too many attributes, if we add the low resolution of the display and the lack of support microSD then Facebook boys should make a financial effort to make this device a “phone tempting” to the user.

We found the biggest news in the software, and that despite having the interface HTC Sense 4.5, it has a Facebook application created for the phone because if we look at the names differ: the traditional now is com.facebook.katana while the new is com.facebook.wakizashi. This new Facebook application requests additional permissions such as start with phone boot, system settings, manage WiFi connections and which other applications run, these permissions would indicate a partial control of the device by this “core application”.


Added to the Facebook Phone seems that we will have a new launcher, four permits indicate that could read the Android launcher configuration, which would suggest that they intended to launch Facebook Home as an application on Google Play or even from the same page of Facebook. Without the Facebook application, Facebook Home fails.

Other smaller developments indicate a new set of icons to change the look of the interface device that looks similar to Facebook; despite having an agreement with Bing, Google would remain as default search engine. As for the messaging application not seen many changes from previous versions.

Undoubtedly this is a very important move for Facebook, undoubtedly the most important they’ve done in the mobile sector after buying Instagram. But I wonder what sense does launching a phone entirely based on their social network when they could spend that time and money on further improving its application. I do not think specs tempt many users except that we are facing a phone for under $ 200, otherwise I do not think that many opt for it.

We will monitor all developments arising on the issue, and on Thursday we will provide full coverage of the new and intriguing announce of Facebook.

Would you buy a phone from Facebook?

Esteban Cejas

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