Facebook Home will be available for these HTC and Samsung phones in 2 days

Facebook Home will be available for these HTC and Samsung phones in 2 days
On April 12th, the Facebook Home launcher will be available at the Google Play Store for the HTC One and the HTC One X. It also will support the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung GALAXY Note II. And of course, Facebook Home comes pre-installed on the HTC First. According to Facebook, the number of devices that will support Facebook Home will expand each month thanks to a series of monthly updates.

Right now, the main difference between the version of Facebook Home available from the Google Play Store and the one pre-loaded on the HTC First deals with notifications. On the Google Play Store version, only SMS messages and those from Facebook Messenger or Facebook Notifications appear on your Cover Feed, stacked up. You can swipe to remove them or tap them to open. Your other notifications will still be available from the usual Android notifications drawer, but you will have to change the settings to access it. By default, the Android notifications drawer is hidden on Facebook Home. On the HTC First, all of your notifications will appear on Cover Feed and there are plans for an update that will allow the Google Play Store version to handle all notifications like the new handset does.

One other thing we want to point out is that once you install the Facebook Home launcher, you no longer have a separate lockscreen. That means that the latest post from your contacts list becomes your next Cover Feed picture and the photo and accompanying comments remain on the screen even if it is locked. If you use a PIN or pattern lock, by default they are removed. Going into settings can return them. Just keep in mind that if something that you are used to on Android isn't working, check settings to see if it was removed by default. Because Facebook Home uses a simplified 4 x 4 grid for icons, you will not be able to use widgets although a button titled "More" brings you back to your Android launcher temporarily.

source: TheVerge, Clove

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20 Comments

1. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I have an issue with apps that when you install them, remove your pin or pattern lock.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It's a strange thing that the Facebook Home for HTC only supports the One and the One X right now. What about HTC Butterfly/Droid DNA and the One X+, these phones are last years flagships too. They should've make it available at the same time.

13. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

You make a valid point and then you get a thumbs down. Why is HTC not inclduing the J Butterfly/DNA as a Facebook Home elegible device???. I swear HTC needs to sit down and figure out what they really want to do as a company because if not there done in the next 2 yrs.

17. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

this is how they operate. they forgot the Amaze, Thunderbolt and countless others when they released the One X, S and V. then they released the 8X and forgot the One series. now the release the One and the First and they forget all the ones before it. they never change.

28. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That is one of the reasons why Samsung is the top dog in the cell phone market. They are still releasing updates(major updates) to their old devices. Where HTC simply has forgotten about them and moved on. When you are locked into a 2 year contract, you deserve to have the lastest and greatest updates. Maybe not AS SOON as they are announced but they should eventually come to the devices. I would easily suggest anyone to pick up a SGS2 or Note 2, despite being nearly 2 years old, they are going to get Jelly Bean.

14. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

true what about the One S too? or are they only going with AT&T for the time being.

3. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

This is like a while Facebook operating system. How much Facebook integration does one person need?

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Good, the S2 doesn't support it yet. I just hope that Facebook Home is a separate app from the Facebook app. If it's an update to the Facebook app, well I've got the current version backed up just in case.

6. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

I hate facebook home but I really like the Chatheads feature. I hope developers find away to simply extract that into an app

7. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

See does this mean you are saying for other developers to steal Facebook property and then they get sued all of a sudden Facebook is an evil corporation.

8. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

why would i want this on my note 2? team nova prime. why doesnt facebook focus on that terrible app of theirs.

22. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I would prefer a better app/integration but this is what Facebook decided to go with and I have a feeling it might be popular.

31. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

yeah seriously.photos take a long time to load.if facebook home were the actual facebook app and available universally via the play store it would've been MUCH better.

9. CellieCell

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

I don't believe people qouod need another way to gain access to facebook, I'm sick of how facebook turned into an all out advertisement social network. always getting suggestions of things I don't like. ... now this. don't get jealous wrong but facebook has taken over the "human social network" thumbs up if you agree.

11. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

i'll give it a try to uninstall

16. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

ill give it a try...its easy to uninstall if i dont like it :)

18. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Other day I read that if I have nexus I will be good. So, which information is right?

19. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I'm surprised it's not available for the nexus devices. I figured it would be much easier to work with but I guess I was wrong lol

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

When will it be available for tablets??

29. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I hope it will also come to some midrange phones...

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