Hands-on impressions of Facebook Home after 24 hours of use
0. phoneArena 14 Apr 2013, 20:41 posted on
The testing of Facebook Home had to be delayed a bit, because it took the good fellows over at XDA a day to hack the app to run on my Nexus 4, but the testing has been done. And, the results will likely surprise you (it certainly surprised me). First of all, you need to know a few things about the reviewer here, because that info is important to the review...
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1. jgcaap (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
i didnt like it much but it was a nice idea from facebook. hope they improve :)
3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, i have similar views as you on Facebook Home Michael except i might be a little more plugged into Facebook. i'm still contemplating using it on my MAXX HD.
4. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
I will try this on my galaxy tab 2 7.0. Im gonna give facebook home a chance and see if this really suits me.
6. Bozzor (Posts: 176; Member since: 02 May 2012)
I suspect FB will be bowled over by this article: if it was overly negative then FB has failed, but if it was overly positive, then that would likely be see as a short lived love affair that would not last. But a moderate FB user, coming into the system with low expectations, but being pleasantly surprised and not finding too many things to get even slightly annoyed about, that is a huge win for the software.
8. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
installed it in my GN2 but kept the touchwiz from sumsung as my default home. Not bad at all.
9. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I tried it out on my Nexus7 and been on it for more than a day now. Pretty surprised that battery is not draining as I expect it to be. I'm not deep into Facebook too but I do like looking at pics and idiot posts of my friends. FB messenger is also the main communication tool my fiance and I use when we're not together. So, I'd say FB Home fits neatly into my usage model. And I like the cover feed too, I'm not talking about functionality, it's just a damn pretty eye candy.
10. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Have it on my Galaxy S III, but I realized that I prefer the stock android ui still and that's probably because I'm not an active user on Facebook as much as others, but it's a cool feature to have.
11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I sideloaded it for 7 minutes and uninstalled it because i did not like it
12. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Will there be an instagram and a netflix phone coming soon?
14. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
Its not bad but it is not for me. I think it is uglier than touchwiz. Not bad.
15. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
And how is this not a threat to Google?
A) pull people away from Google services, and feed Facebook services instead
B) put the last nail in the hopes of Google + turning into a competitor
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's really only a threat to G+ but G+ has been immensely threatened by Facebook coming out of the gate.
18. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
What Google service will people pull away from?
Also, Google+ and FB have very different sets of users. Like iOS and Android. FB Home just gives existing users something more, but will not in anyway pull G+ users.
19. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It will kick Google ads out. The worst thing it can do to Android.
It's Facebook we're taking here..something that's even bigger than Android.
20. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
How can it pull Google ads out if the ads are "within" Android apps?
Facebook home is nothing but an FB-centric-Launcher. It has no power to remove ads. I'm currently using FB Home and as I can see right here I'm playing a video using MX player and the stupid banner is here (unless I go offline).
Facebook might be bigger than Android but not even close to Google.
17. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
I even uninstalled my Facebook app from my phone (S3). Last update requested permission to call even without my notice and also there is a warning that malicious app can also call without my notice. It is such a crap app...
Bye Bye facebook...
21. amats69 (Posts: 1438; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I dont like the FB Home but im not saying thats its a crap...it just happend that i dont spent more time on FB.so i just simply turned it off and go back to my HTC Sense life..but im surprise because even i turn off the FB HOme the chatheads still working! and not only on my FB messages but also to my Text messages! is this normal? im really loving it loving it because even if im in instagram or other application i can reply to a text message without leaving the application! you guys experience also the same? is this normal?... :) and btw i only running the apk file because it is still not avail in our country.