HTC First’s and Facebook Home’s problems have been well chronicled over the past few weeks. Apart from getting sued by Eminem’s publisher, Facebook’s new Home on Android hasn’t been doing as well as the company had hoped. It has also taken its toll on the HTC First smartphone, which happens to be the first smartphone to ship with Home pre-installed. We had recently reported a rumor that this smartphone was going to be discontinued, it seemed possible as AT&T slashed its price from $99 on contract to merely $0.99. While it continues to sell in the U.S., the smartphone’s U.K. release has been put off indefinitely.
Facebook says in a statement that it is now focusing on adding new customization features to Home in the next couple of months. They say that they have “recommended holding off” the UK HTC First launch, though adding that they’re committed to bringing the latest mobile experiences to their customers. So as the smartphone’s future in the Kingdom looks bleak, those across the pond who wish to try out Facebook Home can do so if they have any one of the supported devices, for which Home can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
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It isn’t far-fetched to think if Microsoft actually plans on integrating its Windows Phone platform with the newly unveiled Xbox One in some way. As a matter of fact, the likelihood of such an integration seeing the light of day has greatly increased. Microsoft’s senior marketing manager, Greg Sullivan, has said that the “general idea of an increased seamlessness and integration across these elements is a goal.” He also says that despite the fact that Microsoft didn’t even mention Windows Phone at the Xbox One unveil, that doesn’t mean “there’s nothing that’s being worked on.”
Unfortunately Greg didn’t reveal more than just these subtle hints. So obviously one can’t say for sure when exactly we’ll see this interaction formally be revealed. Greg also said that Windows Phone is an evidence of “great cross-divisional collaboration at Microsoft” and that the company aims to continue improving it. The Windows Phone platform is doing considerably well in the marketing, considering how it snapped up the third place title from BlackBerry recently. The idea isn’t outright impossible, though there aren’t any hints about the level of integration between these two platforms.
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