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Facebook Home is officially announced

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Facebook Home is officially announced

Well, it isn't exactly a Facebook phone, but it has the capability of turning any Android smartphone into one. We're talking about the new Facebook Home, which just got announced officially. Simply put, it is an Android launcher - replacing the stock interface of an Android device it is installed on with a new one, built around Facebook social networking from the ground up.

As Mark Zuckerberg himself puts it, Facebook Home is designed around people instead of prioritizing apps like other phone interfaces do. By doing so, the software aims to deliver a more personal experience to Facebook users. At the same time, it should be easy to use with its minimalist, simple interface. As soon as the phone is turned on, the user's list of notification appears with their profile picture at the bottom. Need to dismiss something? Then all it takes is a swipe to the side. Gone are the traditional home screens for placing widgets on. Instead, it's all information about whatever your friends are up to. A swipe up brings the list of all installed applications.

Something that's unique to Facebook Home is the Chat Heads feature (and no, we aren't making that name up). When you're in a chat with someone, be it through Facebook or via plain old text messaging, it puts an icon with their picture in the screen's corner for quick and easy access. There is even a counter that shows how many texts you've missed. 

Facebook Home will be available only on select smartphones at first, but it should spread to many more after its release. That includes both smartphones and tablets. April 12 is the day when Facebook Home will land on the Play Store.

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posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:31 12

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Ill give it a try :)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:53 11

11. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


Its android, just limited.
for people(*cough* iphone user *cough*), who think android is too confusing and not simple, this is perfect device for them.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:34 1

19. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


They don't think it's complicated...just want something smooth. This will still be android...

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 22:27

29. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


you can eat some ice cream sandwich or if you too fancy you can have jelly beans. now shut your month and enjoy the SMOOTH flavor.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 01:39

35. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


or they can just use their iphone cause they like it.... duh....

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 18:08 2

28. Goldeneye (Posts: 346; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


I'm sure Zuckerberg would've loved to put this first and only on the iPhone, but since Android is pretty much his only choice now they're kissing Googles butt, Facebook: how about you fix your software first? Instead of a dumb launcher designed for lifeless people, thank God I don't have a Facebook account!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:35

2. naveenstuns (Posts: 158; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


seems interesting! will give it a try :)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:35 14

3. Alberto.GM (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


we don´t need facebook homescreen, I think a widget is good enough

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:36 4

4. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Meh. I don't have Facebook so I won't look at it. But it's cool to see the power of android and the ability to configure your software to suit individual needs

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:42 2

8. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 4852; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Me too! :)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:23 2

17. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


i don;t have facebook too and proud

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:37 3

5. MartianMe (unregistered)


another boring phone that looks like the stupid iphone

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:42

7. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Agreed.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:43 5

9. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


did you even read the note? IS NOT A PHONE!!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:39 4

6. caclark724 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Dec 2010)


Wow...rip off of the Windows Phone 8 UI, and all the things they have been doing for the last 7 months....wow...way to go FB!!!!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:48 2

10. murati (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


yeah, if you are 13 years old and have lot of time to be on fb. I use win8 and i have fb chat directlly on my messages and that is about it. Win8 has a bright future.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 12:58 3

12. ZeroCide (Posts: 679; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


This looks like it might suck.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:03

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5664; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Meh not impressed

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:16 1

14. Bernoulli (Posts: 1403; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Swipe swipe, man what on earth was Elop thinking when he dismissed MeeGo!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:54

30. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 769; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


at least they stilll have the swipe patents i think :/

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:17 1

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yeeeshh! That constant show of face in the circle below is creepy!!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:20

16. N-fanboy (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


My chances of buying this phone: 3.246% urs?

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 15:44

27. thequota (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


its a app "April 12 is the day when Facebook Home will land on the Play Store."

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 03:07

33. boosook (Posts: 779; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Mine are 0%, because it is NOT a phone...

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:32

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 859; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I have to say I'm pretty off the facebook grid now. not a very promising OS, but who knows :D It might be the next big thing

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 13:59 2

20. feres13 (Posts: 295; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


It's not an OS but a launcher running on top of android 4.x

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 14:00

21. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 68; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


I don't have Facebook. Haven't had one in about 3 years, and life is much better without it. At least, for me.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 14:23

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I like the faces thing, looks awesome... Everything else would have been nice on a widget

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 14:32

23. skymitch89 (Posts: 984; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'm going to make a backup of the current version of Facebook so that if, or when, Facebook Home app comes to my device and tries to take over my device, I'll be able to uninstall it and go back to the regular app.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 14:41

24. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Facebook should have just made a better widget. Their current one sucks. Since they are working with HTC, they should have just made their widget just like the HTC FriendStream widget.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 14:43

25. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


So, I can access my apps via FB Home. What about my widgets?

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 15:24

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5488; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i think it's pretty neat and i'll definitely try it out once it supports the Razr HD and the N7. o:

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:55

31. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 769; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


It's alright and i like the chat head feature it's really cool

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 01:06

32. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


"Facebook Home is designed around people instead of prioritizing apps like other phone interfaces do."

Sounds like Windows Phone.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 03:46

34. Gary123 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Why is it that i feel like seeing an ubuntu OS? no offence...

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