Facebook Home has already landed to Google Play and so far is only available for some high-end devices such as HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II apart from the brand new HTC First, the first smartphone in build-ining the social network’s launcher. Yes, because that what is it is- a Jelly Bean launcher developed for maximising the Facebook users mobile experience.
First thing that catches our attention is the ‘Cover Feed’, a feature that allow the user to access the news feed, pictures, notifications and comments from the very homescreen of the device, without opening the Facebook app. Second, it is the menu of social apps included (Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Spotify and anything you want to add…) and that you can open by tapping your avatar on the bottom of the screen. Third, the launcher shows a complete integration of Facebook messages and SMS in the same place. And last but not least, you will be able to chat without leaving any task you are doing on your phone as a conversation bubble will appear everytime someone wants to talk to you.
Personal communications, thus, is at the core of a project that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, sees as one step ahead in the mobile era, but the question that emerges is- will Facebook Home break through its initial niche market (aka the Facebook junkies) to reach the rest of Android users? Although the launcher comes by default in the HTC First, users will always be able deactivate it to go back to the usual interface, same for the other devices that support it. So far, Facebook Home‘s welcoming on Google Play has been freezing cold as the 44% of users have rate it with just one star out of 5, Spanish site Xatakandroid reports.