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Facebook Home Review

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Introduction

At times, it can be quite contagious – really! Like seriously, it’s so addictive that some of us are compelled to constantly check it every 5 minutes or so. So what are we talking about? Facebook people, Facebook! Now that the social networking giant is taking a proactive role in giving us the best mobile experience with Facebook Home, you’d think they would have the correct recipe to whip up something that’s covering the complete package. In our ever growing connectedness society, social networking has been the driving force in our insatiable quest to continuously be in the loop with friends and family alike. Therefore, the question that remains is whether or not Facebook Home can actually deliver the goods on that promise.


Facebook Home – the new lock/home screen

Smartphone companies have done stellar work with their respective customized Android experiences, some better than others, but with this undertaking, Facebook is hoping that you’ll ditch your phone’s default lock/home screen in favor for its own home brewed Facebook Home experience. Not surprisingly, they’ve taken a new dynamic approach in how we view the lock screen – and we have to admit, it’s pretty looking. Essentially, Facebook Home aggregates content from your news feed, but instead of the scrollable list we’re familiar seeing with the regular app, Facebook Home puts it in this snazzy looking slideshow presentation. Specifically, moving images occupy the entire interface – with the associated status post layered on top of it. On one hand, it might seem as though it’s an in-your-face kind of approach, but the way content is presented is subtle. And when it comes down to it, the simplicity of the cover feed will delight most users.

Needless to say, we definitely appreciate this kind of approach, since we’re able to manually go through posts by swiping left/right. Adding some usefulness, we’re given access to a few functions directly from Facebook Home – such as liking something by double tapping on a post, commenting, and seeing the full-sized image of a photo by long pressing. Indeed, we’re grateful to see these functions, but we were hoping to see something more comprehensive. For example, in order to check-in to a place, post a status, or upload a photo, we’re still required to go through the usual Facebook app for that.

Hopefully, we’ll see more of those functions integrated into the Facebook Home lock screen with future updates. For now, though, Facebook Home is basically a pretty aggregator for our news feed. However, after several days of scoping it out, we soon realize that it begins to get stale, and soon after, we find ourselves going back to the usual app – mainly because we’re able to see more of our news feed simultaneously with its scrollable list.

Facebook Home is basically a pretty aggregator for our news feed
Facebook Home is basically a pretty aggregator for our news feed

Facebook Home is basically a pretty aggregator for our news feed


With the launcher, a circular sized image of our Facebook profile photo is shown beneath the bottom portion of the Facebook Home UI. From here, we can drag our photo left, up, or right, which respectively corresponds to launching Facebook Messenger, the apps panel, and the last used app. Although it’s something that some of us might overlook, Facebook Home employs distinctive tapping sounds for various things – like the tone that’s used when we double tap on a post to like it.

A circular sized image of our Facebook profile photo is shown beneath the bottom portion of the Facebook Home UI
A circular sized image of our Facebook profile photo is shown beneath the bottom portion of the Facebook Home UI

A circular sized image of our Facebook profile photo is shown beneath the bottom portion of the Facebook Home UI



Difference between Facebook Home for the HTC First & downloadable app

Even though we’re seeing Facebook Home being trickled down to many of today’s popular Android smartphones, the HTC First with its out of the box Facebook Home experience is treated to one particular feature that the downloadable app doesn’t offer to other smartphones. To be specific, it’ll handle notifications and show them directly in the cover feed. So whether it’s a Gmail notification, someone liking your Facebook post, or a missed phone call, the HTC First’s Facebook Home experience will handle them. Certainly, it’s nice that we can disregard notifications individually by swiping them left/right, but it would’ve been extra useful to have a way to disregard them all – just like what we’re given with the standard Android notifications panel. Additionally, it’s not as practical with its implementation, seeing that we can’t preview them like we would with regular Android.

Interestingly enough, for things like the Facebook Messenger app on the HTC First, it’ll populate regular text message conversations too – in addition to our Facebook ones. So yeah, it’s nice that it handles that as well, which is particularly useful for those who prefer using Facebook Messenger than your ordinary text messaging means.

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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:49

1. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 33; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Chat heads look ugly in my opinion.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:48 4

7. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Its best feature i liked in fb home. But I dont need fb home since chat heads is been ported to the current version of fb messenger.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:43

9. amats69 (Posts: 1099; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it s the best feature on FB home for me too

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:01 2

2. MartianMe (unregistered)


what is the big deal with this sh*t ...is nothing but a f***ing skin.. not even a launcher at that.
bunch of horse sh*t.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 04:10 9

3. boosook (Posts: 1049; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


So you don't like it?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 05:01 2

4. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


I suggest PA start to review Android launchers. Starting from this Facebook launcher.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 05:57 2

5. MartianMe (unregistered)


Hell no....f*ck fb.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:19 3

6. recond9 (Posts: 49; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


Well,i just used it for 10 minutes,and then i deleted it,because the interface is too simple.It needs work in my opinion.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:31

8. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Installed on my GS3. Was told I needed to update my existing FB app. Then FB Home told me it is not compatible with my device. restarted my phone and it worked. I used it for about 10 minutes and installed FB messenger. Didin't like the messenger interface or how everything is consolidated into it including text messages. Don't like the over simplified interface of Home itself and how I lost quick acess to some of my settings and folders. Promptly deleted.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:44

10. amats69 (Posts: 1099; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i turned off my FB Home..i still prefer stock Android and sense..but im enjoyng the chatheads even if i turned off FB home already..really nice and usefull feature!

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 15:18

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5622; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i've been using FB Home on my MAXX HD for the past couple of days and while i think it is pretty nice i'm just not prepared for FB to be such an integral part of using my smartphone. i'm more comfortable with the diversification of other launchers. i think FB needs to release one of those screensaver things that came out with Android 4.2 to give us the dynamic presentation we like from Home to view our News Feed. my sister has been using Home on her SIII and loves it but FB kind of is a real integral part of using her smartphone so it's really more appropriate for some rather than others.

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