Facebook is holding an Android-centric event at its Menlo Park campus on Thursday. During the event, the social network will showcase its “new home on Android.” Details are sparse, however, on what exactly that new home will look like.
Many are speculating Facebook will unveil the long-rumored “Facebook Phone,” an HTC handset running a special flavor of Android designed specifically with Facebook in mind.
Android-focused site Android Police posted photos Monday of what it claims is a leaked version of the Facebook Phone’s operating system. The traditional Android homescreen is replaced with a custom Facebook application called “Facebook Home,” which runs on top of HTC’s Sense 4.5 skin and Android 4.1.2. If the leaked screenshots are any indication, Facebook Home will look a lot like Facebook’s existing Android application (pictured above), with added access to some of your handset’s settings at the bottom of the screen.
Hardware details uncovered in the OS breakdown point to the “Facebook Phone” being a mid-range handset by HTC codenamed Myst. Not to be confused with the company’s new flagship handset, the HTC One, the Myst has a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and a 5-megapixel camera. Those specs fall in line with leaked “Facebook Phone” specifications we saw earlier this month.
Some evidence seems to point to Facebook Home being able to run on other Android phones besides the Myst, with Facebook enthusiasts having the option to download the Android launcher from Google Play.
Is it all true? We’ll find out Thursday morning.