The company announced the new system last week, detailing new features and a colorful design.
So far the design seems to be similar to the Flipboard application with blown-up photos. Even so, the company said it wanted to be different, explaining that notifications are now based around people, not apps.
The phones will also have a new features known as “Chat Heads,” Facebook’s messaging system. With this, you can message friends on Facebook without leaving another app or page. The message will pop up over the window and minimize in the corner of the phone as long as the conversation continues.
Sounds pretty nifty, right?
Well, don’t get too excited just yet. The HTC First will be the first phone preloaded with Facebook Home, but you’ll have to wait until April 12 to get your hands on one.
Buzzfeed reports that Home will also launch the HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. It looks like iPhone users will just have to resort to looking over the shoulder of an Android user, AKA new best friend.
Lastly, I would like to wish the mobile phone a belated Happy Birthday. It turned 40 Wednesday.
On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper used his Motorola DynaTAC cellphone prototype to place a call in downtown Manhattan. The call lasted 20 minutes and drained his battery, but it was the beginning of mobile technology.
That’s all for today’s social hour, but check back next week for more tech news and week recaps.
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