Today, Facebook introduced its mobile software for Android devices, it’s called Home. The software is aiming to bring the social networking AKA your friends and theirs activities in forefront of your device. The software shifts app and task to people and sharing focus on smartphone, according to Facebook.
The software is more than just an app. It is leveraging the open aspect of Android operating system to take over the home screen and lock screen with its Cover feed. The Cover feed features your Facebook friend activities including photos and updates they posted in a more emerging visual experience. Since Home is both your lock screen and home screen, the content comes right to you. You can flip through to see more stories, and double tap to like what you see. There is no need to launch your Facebook app and check your New feed.. You can save few clicks if you are avid Facebook user.
The second feature called Chat heads, which shows an icon with your friend photo when you are in chat conversation. Chat heads will appear in the foreground regardless what app you are on
You can move chat heads around and respond to messages. And since SMS is integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android, chat heads include Facebook messages as well as texts.
When a friend posting on your timeline, you’ll receive notifications with their profile pictures.
To open notifications, just tap them. And if you don’t want to deal with them right now, you can just swipe to hide them and keep flipping through cover feed until you want them back.
Facebook makes sure that with all the integration, you can always go back and find your normal app. Just swipe up to see your apps in the launcher. There’s also a screen containing all of your apps, and you can drag your favorite apps to the launcher.
Facebook Home will be available from the Google Play Store starting April 12. Home only works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II. Home will also work on the forthcoming HTC One and Samsung GALAXY S4, and on more devices in the coming months.
HTC and AT&T will feature Home software on the upcoming HTC First that goes on sale April 12.
HTC First is a mid-range smartphone powered by a Qualcomm dual-core processor. 1 GB RAM, 16GB stirage, 4.3” display; 5MP and 1.6MP cameras. The phone will come in Black, Red, Blue and White casing. The phone will cost $100 with 2 year contract on AT&T.
[Source www.facebook.com/home Video courtesy of WJS]