What the hell is (the) Facebook Home? Some rumours propose a customised Facebook-centric Android homescreen experience, while others are sticking to the old Facebook phone story.
The latest rumour proposes both: a spanking new homescreen replacement app that’ll debut on the HTC Myst, the latter essentially being the “Facebook phone” we’ve been hearing about for the past, like, forever.
Android Police has a lengthy APK teardown, revealing Facebook phone specs, and special permissions for Facebook Home.
Firstly, we’re told the Facebook phone is indeed the HTC Myst, which means a 4.3in 720p display, dual-core MSM8960 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, and 1.6MP front shooter. Er, nothing worth getting too excited about then.
As for Facebook Home, it’s operating as com.facebook.wakizashi, the current effort being com.facebook.katana. You’ll be familiar with the latter if your Android Facebook app crashes a lot.
Facebook Home appears to have lots of special permissions, including the ability to disable your lockscreen and Wi-Fi, and spawn system alerts, suggesting that it’s intended as an Android homescreen replacement - not just an app.
Interestingly, there are also TouchWiz-related permissions, which of course means Samsung, which means we’re probably looking at a general release on Google Play at some point. Probably.
And that’s Facebook Home and the Facebook phone (HTC Myst). Team Zuckerberg promises the full story on April 4. Which is... Thursday.