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Samsung, Sony and others said to have no interest in Facebook Home

Published Jun 24th, 2013 3:10PM EDT
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Facebook once dreamt of making its Home software for Android available on a wide variety of smartphones out of the box, but that dream is becoming increasingly improbable with each passing day. The first handset to launch with Facebook Home pre-installed was HTC’s First and that phone was a complete flop, as BGR exclusively reported. News followed that Samsung rejected Facebook’s request to launch a new phone with Home preloaded, and now a new report from Digitimes suggests several other big smartphone makers including Sony, Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo are not interested in launching new phones that offer Facebook’s Android experience out of the box. Facebook has a lot of work to do to tweak Home and make it less invasive before users are willing to give it another try, and smartphone makers might be even harder to convince until the software gets some real traction.

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