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NewsPoster May 23, 2013 10:25 AM
HTC First pre-orders cancelled in UK after poor sales on AT&T
HTC has pulled its impending launch of the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>HTC First</a> in the United Kingdom, after enduring a poor reception in the United States. The Android smartphone, preloaded with the <a href=" front.of.apps/" rel='nofollow'>Facebook Home</a> launcher, has <a href="" rel='nofollow'>failed to take off</a> in the US, despite AT&T's attempts to revive the device by selling it on-contract for $1 instead of its original $99 price. <br />
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Sources <a href="" rel='nofollow'>of</a> <em>Mobile News</em> claimed the carrier had pulled the device on Facebook's command, and that customers of EE would be informed that pre-orders for the HTC First will not be fulfilled. This has since been confirmed in a statement by EE <a href="" rel='nofollow'>to</a> <em>Engadget</em>, stating "Following customer feedback, Facebook has decided to focus on adding new customization features to Facebook Home over the coming months. While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience, they have recommended holding off launching the HTC first in the UK."<br />
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The HTC First was the first to launch with Facebook Home already installed, and though it had a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and Android 4.1 at its core, it hasn't attracted enough of an audience for any carrier to really stock the device. <br />
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The Facebook Home launcher, downloadable to a number of Android devices, replaces the home screen and app launcher typically associated with Android with more sociable versions. The home screen, titled Cover Feed, shows updates from a user's Facebook feed, while the Chat Heads contact system combines messages from various sources for the same contact into a single icon, one which hovers above all other applications. Currently, it sits between 1 million and 5 million downloads on <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Google Play</a>, with an average rating of two and a half stars from almost 18,000 reviews.
SolarSaves May 24, 2013 10:36 AM
No surprise, as I really find it hard to believe that there are all that many people who are that obsessive about Facebook communication and would want an "All Facebook, All the time" phone. I mean watching your phone as it shows in real-time every single post from everyone of your friends is really just sad. How many people do you know that would say, "OMG I can't wait even one minute to view my Facebook feed! Home is just what I NEED!" How lame would those people be?
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