Facebook Android event April 4 invitation

Well, this is interesting. Facebook just sent event invitations out to the media, asking the recipients to "Come See [Its] New Home on Android." As you can see in the invitation that was sent to Engadget, the shindig is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 4. No other hints as to what Facebook may be planning to show at the event are given.

Since Zuckerberg and Co. aren't offering up any clues related to what they're planning to show us on April 4, we'll likely just have to wait until the big shindig to find out exactly what's up their sleeves. One of the first possibilities that jumps to mind is the long-rumored Facebook phone the company is said to be working on with HTC. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shot down claims that his company is building its own handset, but the rumors surrounding the device have persisted.

The most recent report claimed that the device, codenamed "Myst," will include a 4.3-inch 720p display and will be powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Of course, since Facebook is said to be taking part in the phone's creation, it's also expected that the Myst will come preloaded with Facebook-owned apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram. The report, which surfaced in early March, also suggested that the Myst could launch on AT&T sometime in the coming months, so an early April introduction followed by a launch a month or so later could certainly happen. Thankfully, we won't be stuck sitting here and speculating about Facebook's plans for long, because the big reveal is just one week away.

UPDATE: A new report from 9to5Google claims to shed more light on the new phone from HTC and Facebook. The site's sources claim that the device is reminiscent of an iPhone, featuring a centered button at the bottom of its face like an iPhone home button. This button said to feature capacitive function keys on each side of it. The phone itself will reportedly be around the same size as the iPhone 5, which measures 123.8mm tall, 58.6mm wide and 7.6mm thick.

On the software side of things, both TechCrunch and 9to5Google claim that the handset will run a forked or modified version of Android. Facebook features such as contact integration, messaging and photo uploading will reportedly be baked directly into the OS.

Finally, it's said that HTC and Facebook are likely in talks with multiple carriers around the world about launching the phone. When it does arrive, HTC and Facebook will focus its advertising on the potential users of the phone rather than the device's hardware or software. It's not known if the two companies will actually be showing this handset off at next week's event, but TechCrunch suggests that Facebook will at least be demonstrating its forked version of Android.

Via Engadget, 9to5Google, TechCrunch

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Camar Green
Camar Green Roman is having an ok day and bought a Cole Zero at the gas station.
Aaron Calhoun
Aaron Calhoun Probably alot of bugs they'll have to fix
Dina Locklear Ball
Dina Locklear Ball Praise god, now make it awesome so I can see all my news feeds including my pages!!!
Blake Salsgiver
Blake Salsgiver What makes you think it will work on a phone when it doesnt work on a computer? Now thats the question.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Another crap ass Android app. I've never seen another app on Android, that's consistently ranked lower than the Facebook app.
Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz Facebook phone possibly or a better application.
Carlton Littlejohn
Carlton Littlejohn Another facebook phone with dated hardware for the hardcore facebook users who like sharing every moment of their life.
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes A new app that will be even more unreliable then the current, lol Google plus will always be on top. :-)
Kirk Ngo
Kirk Ngo Just don't let it be another freaking facebook phone. Please pretty please.
Jeff Griffith
Jeff Griffith What's really the point? There's facebook apps on several OS's Sounds like a big waste of time and money.
Justin Charles Reback
Justin Charles Reback Another HTC made Facebook fail phone.
Mitchell Kelman
Mitchell Kelman A facebook phone with facebook widgets, a facebook dialer that dials straight to your facebook friends, and a camera that takes pictures automatically from your camera that will uploads to Facebook without your permission?? I sure hope so!
Mike Tasler
Mike Tasler I'd settle for the current app to work
Bradley Berner
Bradley Berner Facebook Poke for Android?
Niall Barr
Niall Barr oh please dont be another facebook phone
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell Or it could be that Facebook is doing away with having the Facebook app in the Play Store so that they can start updating the software w/o having to go through the Play Store.
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams Looks like the new Facebook phone is coming. The HTC ChaCha 2!
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell Hopefully it's not an Android phone w/ a glorified Facebook overlay.
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Finally a good Facebook app.
Robert Salender
Robert Salender A new app people will complain about.

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