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Facebook Home live for some, Chatheads comes to Messenger for others

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Facebook Home live for some, Chatheads comes to Messenger for others
Today is the day if you are a Facebook junkie (and if you're not, we question why you've clicked on this article). Facebook Home has finally been released into the Google Play Store, although only for a few devices. And, Facebook has updated its other Android apps, including adding Chatheads to the dedicated Messenger app.

As we have noted before, Facebook Home only supports the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II today, although support is coming for the HTC One and Galaxy S4. The launch of the new Facebook experience has not been going well though. Many users have complained about not being able to download the app, or it not working once they do get it downloaded. And, some are saying it is a major drain on battery. In the few hours it has been live in the Play Store, it has already pulled in 425 one-star reviews, and has an overall review average of just 2.3, just to give an idea of the troubles so far. 

Facebook's core Android app has been updated with support for Home (and likely that notification that will let you know when Home is available for your device). But, the best update of all is probably to Facebook's dedicated Messenger app, which has been updated with Chatheads support. Chatheads is probably the best feature of Facebook Home, mashing up SMS and Facebook messaging and keeping your chats on top of whatever you're doing. So, if you don't want the rest, or don't have a phone that can handle Home, the update to Messenger is a great alternative. 

If you want any of the updates just head over to the Google Play Store:

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posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:57 4

1. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i check it in playstore..it is available to download but not to all region...when i tried to download it said "This item cannot be installed in your device's country."... i read a lot of people complaning about the same problem.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:02 4

2. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Yeah, they were complaining that it took away the full Android experience; couldn't use widgets and a lot of other features. 2.3 out of 5 stars last time I checked.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:08

3. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i read that also...and i think this Facebook home is good to people that spent more time on FB..(not me) but ill give it a try...hopefully its not difficult to uninstall this FB HOme if it ruined my android experience.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:23

9. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I agree! I like Facebook, but not too much to install a launcher that blocks other features that I want. It should be simple to uninstall as well if you don't like it. I have the Nexus 4 so I can't experience it until it's available.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 23:22

21. Blazers (Posts: 183; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


This launcher hijacks your lockscreen, so if you choose to go back to sense/touch wiz, you will need to uninstall. A reboot didn't work for me.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 02:24 1

22. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Nope. I've installed it already.if you don't like it you can simply turn it off in fb home settings and you will go back to your sense or touchwiz.....fb home didn't wow me..but I like how fb made the chatheads...you can actually chat even if your using diff application.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:08 1

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Well, one of the most useful features of Android is sideloading apps. So just google the apk and sideload it.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:09 1

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2232176

Here you go!

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:11

6. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


dude have you tried the FB Home? if yes is there any problem on uninstalling it? thanks by the way for the link

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:15 3

7. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Nopes I don't like facebook but make sure your device is compatible, otherwise you'll have to do some lil tweaks for it to work properly.
You should be able to uninstall it like any third party app.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:16 1

8. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


ok thanks..yeah my device is htc one x so it is compatible as what FB said..thanks anyway

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 03:02 1

25. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I tried it in my galaxy note 2, and yes you can uninstall it like any other app. BTW I think facebook lovers will love this app, so if I didn't like it that doesn't mean it's a bad app. It's just facebook not for me.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:09 1

28. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


one thing i like on this Facebook home is the chatheads...this is really an innovation on messaging.. i wish we can separate that chatheads to FB home :)

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 02:58

24. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


If you live outsude united states you can download an app called hideman from google play store. Hideman app will work as a virtual private network vpn and change your phone ip to usa. After you do that you can download facebook home from google. make sure your phone is compatible because facebook home doesn't support all phones yet. I tried it in my note2 and I didn't like it but I am sure facebook lovers will love it.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:23

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Well, I just clicked it because I misread the title and thought "Chatheads" was some separate app that provided comparable service...
Otherwise, no clicky from me.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:38

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


got it for my sister's SIII hours ago. it's pretty perfect for her. i don't think i'll be getting it though.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:53

12. soldiernation (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


Chatheads doesnt work on my tablet running ICS. In a way it does but not like it should.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 18:01

13. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


have you installed the fb messenger?if not try to install it..if yes update it...

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 18:15 1

14. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Didn't they state that it's not fully supported for Android tablets yet?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 02:26 1

23. amats69 (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Oh yes I forgot.lol.my bad

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 18:36

15. soldiernation (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


Of course, its the only way to get Chatheads right now.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 03:23

26. shobhit (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


but it work on mine its simply awesome fast n smooth n good UI also

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 18:40 1

16. tasior (Posts: 168; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Regular Facebook application actualisation asked for a permission to make direct calls. So goodbye facebook. You're not welcome at my phone anymore.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 19:13

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1684; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


There was a Vonage for fb app that worked amazingly well over WiFi and/or 3G for me when I had a fb account. Pretty sure the permission for phone calls had something to do with that as I remember reading that fb was going to integrate free calling to other fb users.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 19:09

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 1684; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Just checked...not available in my country (Canada).

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 20:59

20. shuji_kiritani (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


It is available in Canada, 5 of my friends have it running today on their S3's.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:59

30. lyndon420 (Posts: 1684; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Interesting. What part of Canada and which carriers? I'm in western Canada and it shows not available on both my One X and my girlfriends Note 2.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 20:56

19. shuji_kiritani (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


I own a Galaxy Note 2, but when i go to the "Facebook Home" download page I am unable to install it, it says "This app is incompatible with all of your devices." I was able to install Facebook and Messenger.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:43

27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6114; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


No thanks I'LL PASS.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:27

29. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'm just glad that Facebook Home is a different app than the Facebook app.

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