Facebook Home is the new launcher by Social Media giant, Facebook which sits as an overlay on the Android Operating system providing real time images and status’s from Facebook onto your home screen or to put it better check out the actual summary from Facebook themselves below the story.
It’s been a little under a week now since Facebook launched this and in that time downloads have surpassed 500,000 downloads which is an amazing feat however I want to point out that this figure isn’t a great representation of how many installs it has or for that mater a reflection on unsupported devices that have the install thanks to MoDaCo’s patched apk.
However, with that in mind I wanted to ask this question… why?
Having used Facebook home recently on the HTC One X+ I have to say that in my own opinion, Facebook Home is intrusive, very pretty and useless.
When I installed the app I was really impressed, the look of it was amazing and I loved the way I could still get to the apps I wanted from the launcher but here’s where I found a problem.
If you have the app installed without the notification bar enabled then you will hear notifications and have absolutely no clue as to what they are for. It’s worth mentioning here that it’s disabled by default and getting into the settings for the people this was designed for might prove to be a challenge.
So with the notification bar enabled you can then see where the notifications are coming from however if on top of that, you have security enabled then you have another problem. You can’t pull down the notification bar so you then need to open the apps menu and open the app which has the notification to release the security lock which, depending on how many apps you have, could prove to be a pain in the arse.
Now here’s my next grumble. I disabled using Facebook home as the launcher but decided to leave it on the phone as an app, who knows, I might want to go back to it at a later date however Facebook Home really doesn’t like it when you stop it being the default launcher and in turn your phone becomes very flaky and starts to display Facebook Home when you take it out of standby or power the phone on even tough it’s been told to use HTC Sense and not FB Home.
To me, Facebook home is a pile of shit and ‘I’m glad I have since removed it from my phone though I will keep messenger cause chat heads are amazing!
Facebook Home puts your friends at the heart of your phone. Replace your standard home screen with a steady stream of friends’ posts and photos. Get to apps with one swipe—just drag your profile picture up to open the app launcher. And when you download Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting with friends when you’re using other apps.
Home is currently available on certain devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X and HTC One X+.
• Glance at your phone for the latest photos and posts from your friends
• With chat heads and Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting when you’re using other apps
• See news as it happens with bigger, bolder notifications
• Get right to Facebook, Instagram and other essentials
As soon as you turn on your phone, you see posts from your News Feed, so you always know what your friends are up to. Swipe through to see more, double tap to like a post, and comment right from cover feed.
Chat Heads and Messenger
Install Messenger to send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same spot. Jump in and out of conversations while you do other things, like watch videos and browse the web. Reply right from chat heads, or move them around if you’re not ready to respond. http://bit.ly/fbandroidmessenger
Notifications from Facebook appear right on your home screen and stick around until you need them. Open a notification with a tap or clear them away to see your cover feed.
Launch your favorite apps and post to Facebook from the same spot. You choose what’s on your app launcher—press and hold an app then drag it where you want it.