Facebook Home can be disabled on HTC First

It's probably a niche feature in light of the headline selling point, but it has been discovered that you can disable Facebook Home for the HTC First, with a rather interesting consequence.

You see, what you'll get isn't your average HTC phone. Oh no. You'll get a 'stock' Android installation. What that means is that you'll get an Android phone without the add-ons and overlays (like Sense, for example). So theoretically, it should be much easier to update when Android steps up to the next level (Key Lime Pie, we suspect). Although that isn't guaranteed. If you don't like the extra layers that the makers tend to put on Android, it might appeal though - and for a reasonable price.

If you want to give it a try, just make the necessary changes in the settings when you get your hands on it, which is likely to be over summer in the UK and via the EE network, which will probably offer it as an affordable 4G phone.

Interestingly, HTC is also looking to make a variation of the HTC First available without Facebook Home officially. But don't expect that to come without a layer of Sense.

The HTC M4 has leaked, looking to be the same size and have the same display, and essentially look the same as the HTC First, but it won't have Facebook, compensating with HTC's UltraPixel camera technology for an improved snapper.

So we're talking Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor, a 4.3 inch 720p resolution screen, HTC UltraPixel/1.6M camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5.0.

No word on pricing or availability, but expect it fairly soon.

Sources: Phandroid and Slashgear

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