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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33 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Ill give it a try :)

11. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

19. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

29. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

35. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

28. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 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!

2. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

seems interesting! will give it a try :)

3. Alberto.GM

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

we donĀ“t need facebook homescreen, I think a widget is good enough

4. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 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

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Me too! :)

17. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

i don;t have facebook too and proud

5. MartianMe unregistered

another boring phone that looks like the stupid iphone

7. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Agreed.

9. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

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

6. caclark724

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 24, 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!!!!

10. murati

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 29, 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.

12. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This looks like it might suck.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Meh not impressed

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

16. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

My chances of buying this phone: 3.246% urs?

27. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

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

33. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

18. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

20. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

21. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

23. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

24. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

25. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

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