A Facebook phone is something that has been touted for a few years, and it has been reported that the social network was extremely interested in the idea as a means to tap into its 1 billion strong usership. However, the first real foray into the mobile space by the company has ended in total disaster.
Facebook Home, the Android skin that for all intents and purposes would turn a device into a Facebook phone has completely flopped. As a piece of software, tweaks and updates could make it a success one day (although that is unlikely) but the final nail in the Facebook Phone coffin has been the demise of the HTC First.
The First was a smartphone from HTC that exclusively run Facebook Home; it was the last step to the social network actually building an outright Facebook phone. However, the First has flopped, with AT&T confirming today that it would not be ordering more, with other carriers also not picking up orders.
The decision spells the end for the HTC First and also Facebook’s aspirations of producing its own smartphone. HTC is said to be deeply embarrassed about the whole affair and is unlikely to collaborate with Facebook on a device again, while it has also emerged that Samsung turned down Facebook’s earlier request to build a Facebook Home handset.