Remember the Motorola ROKR, Apple and AT&T's first attempt to get iTunes onto a cell phone? The carrier's current mobile boss is comparing the Facebook Home-equipped HTC First to that mishap -- but in a good way.
We're heading into a three-day weekend for Memorial Day here in the United States, so we'll be taking a break on Monday, but promise to return on Tuesday with the mother of all weekend recaps. (Provided, of course, that stuff actually happens while we're watching parades and grilling hamburgers over the weekend.) If the separation anxiety is too much to bear, just read our Thursday recap twice, then set your alarm clocks for Tuesday a.m.!
After years of skins, themes and tweaks, Facebook brought some uniformity to Android last week with its Home interface. It may have been launched alongside a companion handset, but it doesn't really matter if it's running on an HTC First, Samsung Galaxy or — shudder — an iPhone; Facebook Home is selling one of the most important things in the mobile industry: a complete experience.
Apple understands this better than any other smartphone vendor (though Google has definitely got the message). Since the early days of iPhone, the experience has less to do with a gorgeous piece of hardware and more to do with the speed and simplicity of iOS. And that starts with the lock screen.
Many of our readers are probably iPhone owners, so you may have met Thursday's news about Facebook Home with a shrug or even a groan -- after all, what are the odds it will ever come to iOS? (Slim to less than none.) True Facebook junkies will probably be setting their alarm clock early on April 12 to download it anyway. Missed the news? Get caught up with our overnight recap below...