Facebook Home and the HTC First are here, and they’re a match made in Facebook heaven

HTC FirstWe all knew Facebook has something big planned for its Android event held last night, and sure enough, we’ve been treated to Facebook Home – an app for your Android phone – and the HTC First, which is the first device to feature Facebook Home right from the factory.

Facebook Home was described by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as, “a completely new experience for your phone,” something it achieves by replacing the home screen and bringing your Facebook account to the front of your mobile phone. You’re greeted by Cover Feed, which shows pictures taken from your account, along with your news feed, right when you start using your phone.

Everything else gets a Facebook makeover too, with Chat Heads offering an easy to use messaging system, Instagram ready to share your photos, and all your social notifications showing up in Cover Feed. If you’re a keen Facebook user, it’s going to be a dream come true.

You’ll be able to download Home from Google Play from April 12, but it’ll only work with certain phones at the moment. Facebook has confirmed the Galaxy S3, HTC One X+ and the Galaxy Note 2 are ready for Home, with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One joining them after they go on sale.

There is another way to get Facebook Home, and that’s to buy the HTC First, the only phone to offer Facebook Home as standard. The new phone has a 4.3-inch, 720p screen, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera, and will be coming to EE’s 4G LTE network later this year. Pricing and an exact release date has yet to be confirmed.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars