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

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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.

Notifications on the HTC First

Notifications on the HTC First

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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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:53

1. Stuntman (Posts: 838; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:55 4

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:42 5

13. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:58 1

17. joseg81 (Posts: 199; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 14:12 1

20. lyndon420 (Posts: 4969; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Yeah...how dare htc. They should do like everyone else and make their updates work on every single phone they ever made, and all at once. Or maybe they shouldn't release a single update unless it will work on every single htc phone ever made.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 15:16 1

21. joseg81 (Posts: 199; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

so i guess it's just too much to ask for a company to give a damn about a phone they made profit from? is it really?? or should they all follow the apple way and stop supporting or updating their past devices? i'm just trying to make a point that HTC and every other manufacturer out there should remember that not every customer out there has the newest handset. some of us like our handsets, keep them and deserve to receive continue support. is that too hard of a concept to grasp?

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 18:34

26. lyndon420 (Posts: 4969; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I've been with Android since day one with the htc Dream (G1)...where is my jellybean? Just kidding. In my opinion if our phones see at least one major update that should be enough. I remember back in the day when support was carried out through either tech support or in the form of a warranty. No one back then bought a product with the expectation that it was going to get better with age. We bought a product for what it could do at that time, not for what we hoped it could do later.

I wish every Android phone was a pure untouched stock experience. When buying our phones we have mainly three things to consider: the OS (ex: Google is providing their service in the form of software-the OS, the OEM (they are trying to sell their hardware) and the carriers (who are trying to sell you time on their network - and should only be allowed to express their differentiation by the plans they offer and how much $ they gouge the customers for). Carrier bloatware and skins need to stop - since no one buys a phone based on what their carrier wants you to see. Get rid of carrier interference and leave the customizations to the consumers.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 16:19 1

23. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

lyndon i think your missing jose's point which is that once HTC releases a new line of phones they tend to forget about the phones from the last 6/9 months. HTC isn't the only company that does that but it just seems like its been getting worse. I would think its a reasonable expectation that if i phone is launced in Mar 2011 i would hopefully have support till Oct the following yr. Now thats only 18 months but most people buy there phones every 2 months so this works out good because you can just upgrade into a new device with the latest software.

I would recommend that HTC and all the othere OEM's only releases one to two flagship devices per yr and MAYBE 1 carrier exsclusive device for Verizon. This way everyone has the same specs and features, updates come out faster and there is some similiar design language like Samsung did with the S3 and now the S4. All these things are completely reasonable for a company like HTC.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 18:38

27. lyndon420 (Posts: 4969; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

No I didn't miss his point...I was being sarcastic. It's not as much fun saying you are being sarcastic when you are being sarcastic.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 22:25

30. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

No, they can't, if they make their updates work on every single phone they ever made, they will be messed up. That means old phones need to receive the update too? Like the HTC ChaCha? The HTC Wildfire?

Trust me, if they make their updates work on every single phone they made including old phones, they will be completely messed up right now.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 19:52

28. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:43

14. joseg81 (Posts: 199; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:00 3

3. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:06

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1362; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:12

6. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:17

7. therealestmc (Posts: 457; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:17 5

8. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 15:54

22. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 00:03

31. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:33 1

9. CellieCell (Posts: 138; Member since: 14 Apr 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:36

11. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

i'll give it a try to uninstall

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:57

16. amats69 (Posts: 1517; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 13:24

18. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 13:56

19. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 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

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 17:32

25. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

When will it be available for tablets??

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 22:12

29. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

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

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