Well, this is something I didn't want to read any time soon. Courtesy of The Verge.
It's a sobering read to say the least, and really underscores a few things: (i) the complete failure of Facebook Home and the HTC First, (ii) too little too late with the One (and to a much lesser extent, One X), and (iii) the complete domination of Samsung and its marketing gurus.
Morale may also be drained by the First, the vaunted "Facebook phone" introduced at the social network's April event. According to people briefed on the plans, Facebook had originally signaled its intention to launch the downloadable version of Facebook Home on a significant delay, giving the First some period of exclusivity. Instead, Facebook changed course and made Home available as a Play download the same week that the First launched. Since then, rumors have suggested that the First is hovering near death amid poor sales — rumors bolstered by a quick price cut from $99 to just 99 cents on contract. The phone is "a disaster," one source says.
If there was a common thread among everyone The Verge spoke with for this story, it was Samsung's brutal dominance: the Korean giant's own-sourced display and processor combined with an enormous marketing war chest make competing in Android extraordinarily difficult, even as reviews have consistently lauded the gorgeous One and bashed the S4's cheap plastic and comparably safe — even boring — design.