Items tagged with HTC-First

In its annual report, HTC revealed an interesting factoid: Its high-level executives took a huge pay cut, to the tune of about 51%, after disappointing performance in 2012. Indeed, 2012 was a rough one for HTC, as the company saw a declining market share and low earnings after a good 2011; according to the WSJ, the company has lost around 80% of its value since its zenith two years ago. HTC CEO Peter Chou The HTC One (review here), released in 2013, shows promise, but the HTC First (the first “Facebook Phone”, review here) does not, so this year has started out a bit uneven. HTC First... Read more...
AT&T announced that its GoPhone plans will now offer 4G LTE capabilities, which is a welcome and tasty performance upgrade for those who have opted for the pay-as-you-go phone service. Subscribers can bring their own handset to use with the plan or buy one of AT&T’s fourteen GoPhone devices, which range from the $14.99 Alcatel 510A to the HTC First, which costs $449.99. The new GoPhone plans with 4G LTE include: $60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging — now double the data at a lower monthly price. Additional data is available for... Read more...
Facebook Home was--sorry, is--an intriguing idea, and it’s not surprising that around a million people downloaded the Facebook-integrated skin and app launcher. However, user ratings for Facebook Home have been less than stellar, and it wasn’t exactly a good sign that AT&T slashed the cost of the HTC First, the first smartphone to ship with Facebook home already onboard (our review here), from $100 to $0.99 after lackluster interest. All Facebook can really do at this point is try and make Facebook Home better, which is exactly what the company is doing. Facebook previously announced... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to announce Home, which as expected is not a new piece of hardware nor a completely new operating system, but a deep Facebook integration with Android that goes beyond what an app can do. Zuck put it in a nutshell by saying that instead of phones being designed around apps, Facebook wanted to design around people. More to the point, Home is designed to make communicating and Facebooking easier to do. The first main feature is the Cover feed, which functions as both a lock screen and a home screen. Your lock screen has sliding... Read more...