Poor Facebook Home launch blamed on testers' Apple iPhone infatuation

Poor Facebook Home launch blamed on testers' Apple iPhone infatuation
There is no question that the Facebook Home launch has been a flop for the social networking site. And when you're used to having the Midas Touch, a failure of this magnitude usually leads to questions about what went wrong. The idea of a Facebook-centric launcher for Android might have seemed like a good one on paper, but in practice the app has spawned a long list of one-star ratings. And the HTC First, the Android handset that has the Facebook Home launcher pre-installed, has not only been cut in price from $99.99 on contract to 99 cents, there is strong speculation that the device will be dropped by AT&T following sales of as few as 10,000 units.

One of the major complaints about Facebook Home is that it eliminates the widget based home page that Android users covet. And part of the problem, according to those in the know, is that many of those testing Facebook Home were Apple iPhone users and as such, never really thought about what it would mean to Android users to replace the widgets on their home page with Cover Feed. Other changes forced on Android users by installing Facebook Home included the removal of the dock used to hold oft-used apps, and the inability to create app folders.

That Facebook employees are more in tune with iOS than with Android can be seen with the Facebook app for each platform. The versions for iOS, including the one for the Apple iPad, are considered to be much better than the Android versions. Last year, Facebook made it a point to bring its Android app up to the same level as the iOS one. As a result, Facebook ordered its employees to start carrying around an Android phone, but apparently the whole idea of widgets went right over their heads.

Facebook is said to be working on a new version of Home that will take care of the complaints. And not everything about the launcher has been bad. There has been some positive feedback for Cover Feed and Chat Heads and the app has led users to spend 25% more time on Facebook. The new version is expected to return the dock for most used apps, and offer users a walk-through when it is first installed.

Available for six Android models at present, Facebook Home has been downloaded between one to five million times from the Google Play Store.

source: AppleInsider



1. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

And HTC says Android users don't use widgets. Ha!

10. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Whatever man.. You should learn about blinkfeed

13. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol wateverman, you need to go f**k yourself

2. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

FB soon to be Myspace... Dead!

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1359; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't use FB much more of a G+ user but any android user would have told you that this was a bust from the get go because it replaced the android experience completely.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

FB HOME FAILED just as their phone

5. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i hate facebook is like live comunist country they block you for everthing so face is going to same place my space

6. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I did have a better experience on Facebook with the iPhone. Maybe the android version would be better if they did Not have to deal with hardware differences and limitations

7. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I actually like the hardware. If I live in the US, I would buy it for $1, uninstall FB Home and TADA!

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"Available for six Android models at present, Facebook Home has been downloaded between one to five million times from the Google Play Store." Was this some sort of cut and paste editorial? If Alan F. had any inkling all he had to do was open the blasted play store and it tells you how many times the Facebook Home App was downloaded, instead of writing something as stupid as "...Facebook Home has been downloaded between one to five million times from the Google Play Store." Got to love the stuff that come out of biased journalists around here. Shakes head, journalist are supposed to remain impartial...not in a million years!

9. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Mark Zuckerberg: Lets test out Facebook Home, now everyone are you familiar with Android? *testers hold up iPhones* Mark Zuckerberg: Eh, they're already here and I have billions of dollars, I have nothing to lose

11. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Don't blame it on testers.. come on FB has been giving step motherly treatment to android. This failure serves u right Face Book... Next time get some one with android knowledge to plan n develop for you.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1950; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

People don't want a facebook phone, or a heavily integrated facebook OS experience. Although, the HTC First is a nice phone, once you turn off Facebook Home.

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