New leak offers up some more details on Facebook Home, HTC MystAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
More Facebook Home details continue to trickle out ahead of Facebook's big April 4 event. The latest report comes to us from Android Police, who claim to have gotten hold of a system dump from the HTC phone that Facebook is planning to use to show off its new software. According to the build.prop file included in the leak, the handset is codenamed "Myst" and includes a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1GHz dual-core MSM8960 processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.6-megapixel front cameras, 1GB RAM, no SD card slot and Android 4.1.2 beneath HTC Sense 4.5. AT&T is named as the carrier. Most of this lines up with a leak from last month and suggests that Facebook's Home will debut on a mid-range HTC smartphone.
Of course, the main focus of Facebook's upcoming shindig will likely be its new Home software, and the good news is that today's leak has some new details on that as well. Android Police discovered an image within the system dump that confirms that the new launcher will be called "Facebook Home" and that its codename is "Wazakashi" (to compare, the regular Facebook app's codename is "Katana").
The Wazakashi app has all of the permissions needed to run as a home screen app, just like previous rumors have said it would. It also has permissions that allow it to view the settings for the stock Android launcher, HTC's Sense launcher and Samsung's TouchWiz launcher. That backs up previous claims that Facebook intends to make Home available for use on devices other than the HTC Myst, and Android Police suggests that Facebook could release Home into the Google Play app store. Unfortunately, because the leaked Facebook Home app requires a Facebook employee login to work, most of the other details of the app itself remain a mystery for now.
It doesn't seem as though anything terribly surprising was found in the system dump of the HTC Myst, with most of the leak serving just to back up other reports that've surfaced in the past week or so. So far it looks like Facebook Home is shaping up to be a special app that takes control of a device's regular launcher and serves up a user's Facebook content directly on his or her home screen. Expect other Facebook apps like Messenger and Camera to come built into the HTC Myst as well, giving owners of the device easy access to all of the Facebook services that they could ever want. There's still no word on when Facebook Home or the HTC Myst will actually be made available to consumers, but with Facebook's event going down on April 4, it won't be long before all is revealed. Until then, you can find some more images from today's leak at the link below.
Via Android Police