Following poor customer feedback in the USA, networks in Europe have delayed the launch of the Facebook Phone, the HTC First. The phone is the first to land with the Facebook Home software but there were plans for it to be incorporated into other smartphone handsets later in 2013. There’s no news as to whether the roll out of the software is also being delayed but it’s another blow for HTC who have had a difficult year or two.
Facebook boasted, at the beginning of May, that Home had been downloaded 1 million times and that it led to Facebookers spending 25% more time on the social network. However, reviews of the phone and the system have been mixed. In a statement from Facebook, they said “many people love it, we’ve heard a lot of great feedback about how to make Home substantially better. As a result we’re focusing the next few months on adding customisation features that address the feedback we received.”
Facebook have many proposed changes for the Home software which are set to be released over the coming months. Such changes include an improved docking bar for apps as well as a Dash Bar which will allow for quick and simple access to all of the popular Facebook features.
The decision to delay the launch of the HTC First will damage HTC, who have seen six of their more senior figures leave the company in recent months.