At a crucial time when HTC faces stiff competition and less-than-optimal production levels, the Taiwanese manufacturer appears to have found a way to rapidly increase the number of smartphones its able to build and sell.
The HTC First isn't the most powerful device around, but it is a surprisingly good phone capable of meeting moderate expectations. The first Android smartphone to run Facebook Home layer of apps is now only $0.99 on AT&T, a surprising price drop so soon after release.
A Facebook phone has supposedly been in development for years, but the whispers were always deemed false until Facebook announced Home earlier this month. The HTC First is the first smartphone to use Home, so but is there more to this Android phone?
You don't need to be an expert on Android or the smartphone industry to see the HTC is in trouble. HTC started 2013 with its worst profit margins ever, and the company needs to turn things around - and it's to do it now. The HTC One Live Experience is one way to kick start the turnaround in the U.S.
HTC's troubles just can't seem to stop. The Taiwanese smartphone maker hoped that its HTC One smartphone would put in on a path to large profits not since late 2011, but manufacturing delays have instead made it so that HTC reported its lowest profits ever.
Facebook Home is an Android add-on that's all about putting people ahead of apps. That concept, and implementation unveiled alongside the HTC First Facebook-oriented phone, sounds awfully familiar to Microsoft executive Frank X. Shaw.
AT&T began accepting pre-orders for the HTC One yesterday, and the phone is now available for early reservation on Sprint. There's also a solution for U.S. consumers who don't want to buy the HTC One with a contract attached to the purchase.
The Facebook Phone is real, and it's name is the HTC First. Moments after it announced Facebook Home, a new Android home screen and lock screen that better integrates Android with Facebook, HTC and AT&T announced they will be the first to release a phone pre-loaded with the software.
It looks like HTC has figured out its manufacturing problems and will be able to deliver the HTC One to U.S. consumers later this month. Following AT&T's announcement hours ago, Sprint has confirmed that it will launch the HTC One April 19. Sprint will offer the 32GB HTC One in black or silver. The phone will cost $199 when purchased on a two-year agreement, and sales for the phone begin this Friday, April 5. The HTC One is compatible with Sprint's 4G LTE network, available in 67 markets at the moment.
The HTC One will go on sale at AT&T beginning April 19. AT&T has just confirmed the launch date for HTC's latest Android smartphone, and the carrier released details about pricing, pre-orders, and an HTC One model that will be exclusive to AT&T.