Facebook Home update coming today, including app dock and contacts dash

Facebook Home update coming today, including app dock and contacts dash
Facebook Home is just an hour away from getting its first update since it launched just about one month ago, and the company has given TechCrunch a preview of what users can expect with the new version of the app, including an app dock to make it easier to get at the apps you want, and a contacts dash for easier access to the people you want to communicate with.

According to Facebook the app has been doing pretty well (if you ignore the user reviews). The app has generated 1 million downloads, and has led to users spending 25% more time with Facebook. With that in mind, Facebook will be adding a new walkthrough when users first install the app with instructions on how everything works. There will also be a new Dock for your favorite apps that will live at the bottom of the Home app tray. 

Lastly, there will be a new Dash Bar that will replace the Messenger shortcut. So, instead of swiping left to launch Facebook Messenger, swiping left will automatically create a Chat Head and bring up your Buddy List so you can more quickly start up a conversation. 

Facebook says that all of the changes are based on user feedback, but there's no word on if the update will expand the list of compatible devices. The update is expected to go live in the Google Play Store at 3PM PST (6PM EST). 

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7 Comments

1. TripleTwo

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

If I am not wrong, Michael Heller is using Facebook Home as his Android launcher. ;)

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I did use it for about a week before getting rid of it. I liked it, and it definitely got me more engaged with Facebook, but I'm a bit too careful about keeping unnecessary people off my Facebook friends list, and I don't "like" enough stuff to keep a constant stream of posts coming through. I had considered shifting some of my news sources to FB to get more content, but it wouldn't really work with how I use my device. Plus, I figured if Facebook doesn't want me to use it (with my Nexus 4 or 7), then why give them the traffic?

4. TripleTwo

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

"Plus, I figured if Facebook doesn't want me to use it (with my Nexus 4 or 7), then why give them the traffic?" Lol, that's a good move!

3. imkyle

Posts: 1112; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

So where is the update? Facebook App only got updated but not the Home app.

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

If you're using an EOM launcher but want a more vanilla-y experience, and your usage model is Facebook-centered, Facebook Home is a great alternative. I've used it on my Nexus 7 for about two weeks before deciding it makes more sense in a non-nexus device.

6. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

how have you been using facebook home on your nexus 7? its not in the list of current compatible devices. If it was, then surely it would work on a nexus 10 and galaxy nexus (which it currently doesn't). Chatheads in facebook messenger is available for all devices. Are you sure ur not confusing chatheads with facebook home? Explain.....

7. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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