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Facebook To Address "Home" Software Criticism

     
4:06 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Home was introduced with much fanfare one month ago. So far it has not lived up to the hype.

The app for Android smartphones has a two-star rating in the Google Play store. And the HTC First phone -- the first to come preloaded with the Home software, which is available in the U.S. through AT&T -- was recently slashed from $99 with a two-year contract to 99 cents.

Facebook previewed some upgrades to Facebook Home during a small gathering of journalists Thursday at the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. The upgrades were designed to address the chief complaint from users: that Facebook takes over the phone at the expense of every other app on it.Facebook To Address "Home" Software Criticism [latimes.com]
1:19 am on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Looks like things have gone from bad to worse on this one...

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/05/facebook-home-flagship-phone-htc-first-may-be-discontinued/ [arstechnica.com]

Facebook Home flagship phone, HTC First, may be discontinued

Facebook’s HTC First, the smartphone herald of Facebook Home, will be discontinued by carrier partner AT&T, according a report from BGR Monday. The phones, released just over a month ago, will be returned as unsold inventory to HTC, with only 15,000 handsets making it into customers’ hands.
11:52 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Facebook home is useless I am not surprised.

Facebook itself is lucky to be still there.
12:00 pm on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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was recently slashed from $99 with a two-year contract to 99 cents

Really? Did the price really drop from $99 to $0.99?

You'd be fairly annoyed if you had bought it at the original price.
3:59 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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You'd be fairly annoyed if you had bought it at the original price.

It may have been a good investment, the thing might become a rare collectible ...in a few decades.

only 15,000 handsets making it into customers’ hands

Numerologists may make something of this:

If there are 1 Billion active FB users, and 15,000 bought the FB phone, that translates to:

"(1) in 66,666.666..." FB users bought it.