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

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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:
The new Facebook Home shows an incredible amount of polish and attention to design detail, and that didn’t come from a hardware manufacturer. With the Home experience, they did a nice job expressing the Facebook experience, but so much of the Google design experience with Ice Cream Sandwich was in there as well.
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

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posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:19 2

1. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 15:32 2

8. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 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 ;)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 05:54

18. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:26 4

2. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 15:44 3

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

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

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:34 2

3. jellmoo (Posts: 2042; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

"Facebook Home has gotten generally positive reviews..."

Which is why it's sitting on two stars on the Play Store?

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:58 6

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 15:15 5

7. jellmoo (Posts: 2042; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 16:18 1

10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 17:00 1

12. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 20:21 1

15. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 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...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:35 2

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

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 16:51 1

11. Troysyx (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 18:48 3

13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 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.

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 19:55 1

14. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 21:20

16. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 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

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 04:47

17. voxmarc (Posts: 335; Member since: 22 Aug 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 Website...so photos are awesome.

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