Facebook Home Goes Live on Select Android Handsets

If you are the type that just can’t get enough Facebook and you use a Google Android smartphone, you might be interested to know that Facebook Home is now available for download from the Google Play Store.

Facebook Home provides deep Facebook integration into your Android-powered smartphone putting your friend’s status updates, notifications, and Messenger chats front and center so you always know what’s going on.

According to BGR, compatible devices include the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note II and of course HTC’s (2498) First. Unfortunately, Facebook Home is only available in the US right now and you must be running Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS or later.

Want to learn more about Facebook Home?  Check out Facebook’s promotional video.

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[Via BGR.com…]

Sprint Begins HTC One Pre-Orders

Sprint has begun taking pre-orders for the black HTC One smartphone.

HTC’s latest premium Android-powered smartphone will begin shipping for Sprint customers this coming Friday, April 19.  The best part?  If you pre-order online, the black HTC One will be a cool $99 when you sign a two-year service agreement.

“BLACK HTC ONE COMING SOON 

For a limited time, save $100 on this phone when you bring your number to Sprint on a new line of service. 

Pre-order: Order online today, we’ll charge your card for your phone and we’ll do our best to get it to you before others get a glimpse on Friday, April 19. Ordering more than just this phone? Please complete your pre-order package checkout and come back to order additional items.”

The One has all of the things you would expect form a modern Android phone:

Google Android 4.1 OS
2300 mAh battery supporting 19 hours of talk time
4.7″ (1920 x 1080) display
1.7GHz quad core processor
2GB RAM, with 32GB of flash storage
Dimensions: 5.4″ x 2.7″ x .37″
Weight: 5.0oz

The HTC One comes in two colors, black and silver.  From the Sprint website, it sounds like the black version is the one that is going on sale first with a lead in like “Black HTC One coming soon.”

Personally, I like the silver model better, but the black one looks nice too.

I recently had an opportunity to play with the silver HTC One at a recent press event that Sprint attended and it has an amazingly crisp and bright display.  For the few minutes that I was able to play with it, the touch screen seemed responsive and there was no hesitation from Android when scrolling or changing apps.

This is the first Google Android-powered smartphone that made me think about switching from the Apple iPhone 4S.

For more details about the HTC One, visit the Sprint website.