Let's Hope the Facebook Phone Really Does Look This Darn Beautiful

It's widely believed that Facebook will announce a new Android phone UI, called Home, along with accompanying HTC hardware at an event tomorrow. I know, we're all thinking, "Ugg, Facebook phone." But everything we've heard is really exciting. 9To5Google claims to have some shots of the new UI, and if they're real, it's going to be one of the most beautiful Android UIs to date.

From what we can tell based on these three images, the Facebook UI might address one of the biggest problems with Android skins: They get in your way. This is the kind of clean and beautiful we've been waiting for all along.

Let's Hope the Facebook Phone Really Does Look This Darn Beautiful

In short the design appears to be ultra-minimal—even the Facebook integration across the top doesn't appear at all invasive. The buttons are smartly placed so that if you want to check-in somewhere or update your status, you can reach to the top of the phone. The functionality isn't on the lower half where the buttons could be a nuisance.

And it's hard to say for sure, but the new UI appears to have a refreshing focus on large photography—much like Facebook's beautiful redesign of newsfeed. From a mobile point of view this makes a lot of sense. Think about how much time you spend looking at and taking photos. [9to5Google]