The price of the 'Facebook phone' has been slashed to almost nothing in the United States, as downloads of its Home app near a million.
The HTC First is the debut device to preload Facebook Home, which acts like a skin for Android phones and pushes information from a user's Facebook account to the forefront. The handset launched in the United States last month through AT&T, priced $99.99, with a UK launch through EE expected this summer.
However, sales of the device appear to be slow with the American carrier dropping the price this week to 99 cents. Analyst Richard Windsor said: 'This is a worrying development because as far as I am concerned the time is right for Facebook to try and spread its influence to other areas of digital life.'
Since its launch on Google Play, the app, which can be downloaded onto some Samsung and HTC devices, has received middling reviews, with consumers complaining about its intrusive nature, drain on battery life and data. The app is on the verge of being downloaded one million times. In an interview with CNET, Facebook director of product Adam Mosseri said it would be taking consumer reaction into consideration when it launches updates with the product. He said: 'The clear signal is: missing launching features, and not being able to rearrange the apps.'
Author: Graeme Neill