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PSA: HTC first is a stock Jelly Bean phone with one simple tap

Posted In News - By AndroidPress on Friday, April 5th, 2013 With No Comments »

Yesterday Facebook and HTC finally announced their joint venture into another Facebook Phone, although this time it truly is more of a Facebook Phone than the previous failures. We’ve been seeing mixed feelings and reports on the entire idea, and it’s safe to say we have our own doubts. However, there is one awesome fact about the HTC first. It runs stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean under the Facebook Home launcher.

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In the end Facebook Home is only a launcher! If there is one thing we and many others will really like about the HTC first is the hardware and build quality. HTC is no stranger to building some durable and fancy phones. Myself, it’s the software that ruins it for me. I have a confession or two to make. I’m not the biggest fan of HTC Sense, even the new Sense on the HTC One. I’m also not much of a Facebook user. Twitter and Google+ are my go-to social sites.

In the world of Android smartphones I know there’s hundreds of you readers (myself included) that have always wished manufacturers would offer their custom skins as an option. Don’t like Samsung’s TouchWiz? Disable it! Sense UI isn’t your cup of tea? Just go back to stock Android. This is something many wish we had in this day and age, but sadly it isn’t an option – usually. That being said, the HTC first is HTC’s first stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone. All it takes is a quick tap in the settings menu.

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We haven’t seen this mentioned much, so figured a PSA was in order. You can completely remove Facebook Home in seconds just by heading into settings and disabling it on the HTC first. What lays underneath? Stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in all its glory. For those looking for a vanilla Google experience on a pretty excellent mid-range phone. The HTC first for $99 might be a good move. It has Qualcomm’s absolute latest 400 series dual-core processor, a 720p HD display, 4G LTE, and if you’d like to get social you can.

What this means is come April 12th for just $99 you can get a pretty impressive HTC smartphone with completely stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This is as close as we’ll get to the HTC Nexus One for now folks. Check out the full specs on the device below, then let us know in the comments if this changes your mind about buying one. While we’re here I’ll say it one more time. Google, please make the HTC Nexus 5.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : first
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : April 04, 2013
    Release Date : April 12, 2013
    Also Known As : HTC Myst
Display
  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 4.96 Inch
  • Width : 2.56 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 123.8 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2000 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 437 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Snapdragon 400 series 8930AA
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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