Google's Matias Duarte is impressed with Facebook Home, takes a jab at OEMs

Google's Matias Duarte is impressed with Facebook Home, takes a jab at OEMs
Facebook Home has gotten generally positive reviews from professional outlets, even if they always come with the caveat that not everyone likes Facebook to begin with. We've said that whether or not you like Facebook, the app itself is designed well, and marks an interesting new way for users to interact with their devices and with apps. And, it sounds like Android design guru Matias Duarte agrees with us.

The direct quote comes from Matias speaking to ABC News:
Most interestingly about the comments from Matias is that while he praised Facebook, he also took a bit of a swipe at manufacturer UIs as well when he added the tag that the design "didn't come from a hardware manufacturer." That sounds like a jab at hardware manufacturers straying out of their lane to try making software changes to Android. 

Matias went on to echo the comments of Eric Schmidt, saying that Facebook Home doesn't bother him, because it is leveraging the customization options inherent in Android

source: ABC News via The Verge



1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i disable the facebook home in my phone..but i like the chatheads and im still using it now..

8. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

you don't have to install facebook home to have chat heads. just download and install the newest version of facebook messager since it uses chat heads as well ;)

18. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Yeah you are right. I realized this when I wanted Chatheads on my tablet, they are my favorite thing about the new updates. But since tablets can't have Facebook home yet, I just downloaded messenger and got them from that. Works great.

2. Shaznek

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

i hope someday all manufacturers offer the ability to disable their skins just like lauchers.

9. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

That should be a basic feature but it will never happen.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2658; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"Facebook Home has gotten generally positive reviews..." Which is why it's sitting on two stars on the Play Store?

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Edited. Play Store reviews don't matter to me. I don't really care if someone used something for 5 minutes then gave it a terrible Play Store review, that doesn't even get you past the "oh crap this is so new and weird" feeling before reviewing. Not to mention all of the general Facebook haters that vote it down just because they can.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2658; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I see your point, but in a lot of cases, the Play Store review is the first gateway to a product that the public sees. Having a 2 star review is a serious cause for concern for any application. While you do have to take it with a grain of salt, there is usually *some* merit to the reviews, especially when there are so many of them.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I understand what you're saying, but the truth is there are many times where professional reviewers praise something and the public hates it. In the end, if the public doesn't like it, all the great professional reviews mean nothing. While this isn't about phones or even tech, the movie Drive was hailed by nearly all critics, whereas the general public hated it. The thing is you can't really say with any certainty how long the people in the Playstore reviewed it for. To simply discount them without knowing that is rather unprofessional.

12. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

@MichaelHeller You are so right. I am sick and tired of all the kneejerk reaction reviews on the Play Store, and having people cite them as if they're really reliable... Also, the FUD spread by all the teenagers who are arrogant to think that somehow their daily lives earn the attention of a multi-billion dollar company is hillarious. You don't like Facebook Home. Fine. I don't like it all that much either. But that doesn't mean it's bad.

15. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Dear Michael, I have to be honest, I wasn't a big fan when you started here, but the more the time goes, the more I appreciate you, I read you as someone that experiments technology and always see both sides of things, not only one, I can only wish that there where more writers like you...

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I uninstalled fb on my phone dont want fb tracking on what im doing on my phone. N why he looks like a pimp or someone from miami vice

11. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

I'm curious as to how that's a "Jab" at OEM's? to me, he is saying that he is impressed at how polished it is, and being 'surprised' it didn't come from a hardware manufacturer.

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

If he had said he was "surprised" that it didn't come from a hardware manufacturer, that wouldn't be a jab. But, that's not what he said. He praised FB Home's design and made a point that it did not come from a hardware manufacturer. As if to say that software companies understand UI design better than hardware companies. Facebook is a software company, so is Google. HTC, Samsung, and Apple are far more known as hardware companies than software, even if they all do make software.

14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I love FB that's already integrated into my WP. No need to modify or change anything on my phone.

16. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i think 80% people install and hardly use for a day than go back to apex or nova or whatever they are using before

17. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

I'm using Facebook Home and i love it.....the simplicity and responsiveness got me...luckily my FB account is connected to alot of Photography photos are awesome.

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