Facebook Home Screenshots Leaked & We Don’t Find Them Impressive

Facebook’s Android event is not a suspense to most of you and will begin in a few hours now but leaks are everywhere and evleaks has posted some screenshots of the Facebook Home UI on 9To5Google which can be seen below:

(The Interesting part comes after the leak)

Does that look interesting in any way? It doesn’t to us. The three Facebook buttons can be added to the Android home screen using teh widget that Facebook already offers and I would really not like those buttons occupying space on the app drawer too. The other two screenshots don’t give me any clue about what Facebook aims to do and there are not many details available about it yet.

The Interesting Part

We have mentioned about the Facebook phone earlier and that it will be called as the HTC Myst. Android Police received a system dump of the Facebook phone. All screenshots below and information are courtesy of Android Police.

The build.prop file in any phone’s ROM gives an idea about the phone the ROM is meant for and here are the build.prop specs for the Facebook phone:

  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Model: MYSTUL (Myst_UL)
  • Carrier: AT&T
  • Platform: MSM8960 (Dual Core)
  • Ram: 1GB
  • Display: 4.3 inch @ 720p resolution
  • Android Version: 4.1.2
  • Sense Version: 4.5
  • Rear Camera = 5M
  • Front Camera = 1.6M
  • No SD Card
  • Bluetooth 4.0

You can not use the app because it is available for use only to Facebook employees.

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The package name for Facebook’s APK file is com.facebook.katana (I’m not sure how many notice it) but this one is named com.facebook.wakizashi.

Here is how the Facebook Home’s logo looks:

HTC Myst comes with Sense 4.5 but not with HTC’s stock launcher. Instead, com.facebook.wakizashi has all the permissions that are needed for an app to run as a stock launcher. It can read what tasks are running on the system, it can turn off your lock screen, change WIFi state and system settings too.

The app also has the following permissions:

<uses-permission android:name=”com.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS” />
<uses-permission android:name=”com.sec.android.app.launcher.READ_SETTINGS” />
<uses-permission android:name=”com.htc.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS” />
<uses-permission android:name=”com.sec.android.app.twlauncher.READ_SETTINGS” />

These permissions show that the app can read the settings from stock launcher from HTC and from the TouchWiz launcher too. This makes it pretty clear that the app might be available on the Play Store too.

While there is more on this at Android Police including some images of buttons, we found this to be the end of the interesting part. What are your thoughts on these leaks?