Facebook today launched Facebook Home, a replacement launcher and suite of supporting Facebook applications and services that can transform an Android device into the much-rumoured, oft-mentioned, fabled “Facebook Phone”. There’s a huge number of customization options allowing your Facbeook news feed, chat and notifications to come to your home screen.
The homescreen & lockscreen launcher replacement, “Coverfeed” allows you to see what your friends are doing, post fresh content, comment on others’ posts and “Like” them without having to launch an app. Messaging is prevalent throughout the interface with “Chat heads”, allowing you to interact with your friends via SMS or Facebook Messenger.
Notifications are grouped by person, rather than by app. Facebook hopes to change the way you use your phone, placing priority on social interactions, with apps a secondary interface. They want you to focus on who you’re interacting with, not how you’re doing it.
How do I get Facebook home?
Facebook Home will be available for USA residents on April the 12th via Google Play. Those of us outside the US have been given a noncommital “shortly after that” — no word yet as to the definition of “shortly after”, but we expect enterprising users will find a way to download the APK file very shortly after the US release.
Keep in mind that there’s a very limited number of devices that home is said to work on being the
- HTC First
- HTC One
- HTC One X
- HTC One X+
- Samsung GALAXY S III
- Samsung GALAXY S4 (Future)
- Samsung GALAXY Note II
If nothing else, for those users who are addicted to Facebook it will be a unique and immersive experience. I suspect those of us who only use Facebook out of necessity won’t be interested in making the switch.
Will you make Facebook Home a part of your Android experience? Let us know in the comments!