Looks like the Facebook phone (HTC First) is a flop

Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:00 am in Threads > News

I’m not that surprised by this. Marketing a phone around an app with little else special seems like a reach for a manufacturer and service provider. I can’t imagine that there is that large of a pool of buyers that are so enthralled with Facebook that they want it to be the main driver of the phone’s home screen. Anyone with more than a shade tree knowledge of Android has to know this phone stands almost no chance of getting updated. Just roll out an app and leave it at that.

Here’s the article, article readers: http://bgr.com/2013/05/13/htc-first-discontinued-att-facebook-phone/

  • chestont

    It’s kind of interesting how so many tech writers were so enthused about the phone but that it still didn’t do so well.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Besides vanilla android, I don’t know why anyone would be drawn to this phone unless they don’t have a lot of money for a new top of the line smartphone and want Facebook Home (since it isn’t available on every phone but most phones). But throw in no marketing and of course it won’t do well. HTC didn’t learn from the ChaCha huh?

    • CTown

      The device was powerful for only being $100 dollars on contract. Then it was $1 on contract. The device contained a stock Android build + Facebook + Facebook Messenger + Facebook Home. One can also turn Facebook Home off through the settings and use Android’s defualt home app, which is called “Launcher2″.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        This is why I said who would buy it. The hardware isn’t bad (but it’s not top tier) thus commanding a lower price. HTC and Facebook didn’t even market this phone. Power user would get a top of the line device and root. Others buy a Nexus for vanilla Android. Plus the First was only available on AT&T and not an unlocked version (or on multiple carriers). If they had just advertised it and released it on multiple carriers it would have done better.

  • SGB101

    I thought it was a decent smaller phone for those that like smaller formfactor

    • SGB101

      Just read your link, I would definitely if it’s true that the chacha sold more? I can’t get my head round that. As the CC was poor day one, where as this is a decent device.

      To small for me(note2) , but a decent alternative to the htc one s (or similar device I can think off.)