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Facebook Home Review

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It doesn’t discriminate in what it shows & privacy

Facebook Home settings

Facebook Home settings

As much as we like Facebook’s new way of redoing the news feed, we know that there’s just one major concern after spending a great deal of time with it – Facebook Home simply doesn’t discriminate what it shows. What do we mean by that? Well, there’s no way to regulate (for now) what Facebook Home will show in the cover feed. Worse yet, if you have one of those Facebook friends that love to post provocative photos or inappropriate jokes, you’ll be shocked to maybe see it the moment you turn on your device. In fact, Grandma might be horrified in what she might perhaps see upon turning it on. And of course, you’ll need to come up with some good excuses if your boss somehow sees something like that.

Another concern that we have with Facebook Home is centered around privacy. Specifically, if you leave your phone out in the open, where anyone can check it out, they can immediately check out and read all of the posts in your cover feed. Even if you put up a lock of some kind, whether it’s a pattern one or face unlock, they can still access the cover feed. It’s only when we try to do something else, like launching an app, that the phone will ask us to provide the pertinent unlock to gain access to the handset.


Chat Heads

Considering that friends are more likely to respond to Facebook messages faster than your typical SMS, Facebook Home dishes up a new feature with Facebook Messenger. Rather than launching the Messenger to see an overview of all your conversations, we now have access to Chat Heads. Yes people, you heard that right, Chat Heads! When you get an incoming Facebook message, a chat head will appear in the UI – it’s actually layered on top of everything, which is great since we have access to those conversations at any point. Even better, we can place the chat heads anywhere around the edge of the UI. For those wondering, Chat Heads will automatically snap to the edges if you try and place it somewhere in the wide open space. Knowing that Chat Heads have all the functionality associated with Facebook Messenger, it’s wonderful we can also send photos and record audio from directly within our Chat Head conversation.

Chat Heads
Chat Heads

Chat Heads



Conclusion

Like we said, Facebook Home’s new dynamic approach is compelling at first, but after checking it out for some time, we don’t find it wholesome enough to use day in, day out. Frankly, you’ll need to invest a lot more time going through Facebook Home’s cover feed – whereas with the usual Facebook app, we can get through a great deal amount of content in a shorter amount of time, thanks to its more concise scrollable listing. Swiping away in the cover feed is tiresome, so that’s why we find ourselves increasingly relying on the usual app. Unfortunately, even with the HTC First, the Facebook app remains largely untouched. In fact, it’s the same old experience as before, which is a bummer considering it’s THE Facebook phone. Nevertheless, we’re hoping that Facebook will focus on building up Facebook Home so we can ditch the app entirely.

Pros:

  • Dynamic way of displaying content
  • Simple presentation
  • Quick access to conversations with chat heads

Cons:

  • No control in what is seen in the cover feed
  • No unlock needed to access cover feed
  • Not enough Facebook oriented functions


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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:49

1. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 32; 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: 1051; 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: 1009; 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: 1051; 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: 5598; 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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