Facebook Home for Android Now Available Today, Early Reviews are Poor
April 16, 2013 4:50 PM
App has a 2 and 1/2 star rating
If you're picking up an HTC First from HTC Corp. (
) you have Facebook, Inc.'s (
new "Home" Android UI
already preloaded. Otherwise, you may be able to install it today, as the app just
The app is currently available (or will soon be available) for the:
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
HTC One X/X+
Users with lower end Androids are out of luck for now, though Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg promised to bring the OS down the food chain as the months roll by.
has drawn some controversy as Microsoft Corp.'s (
) corporate communications director has accused the Zuck of scooping the "phones designed around people first" slogan for Facebook First from Microsoft's 2011 era "Put People First" Windows Phone campaign.
We understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it. But as Android owners know, that platform is complicated enough without adding another skin built around another metaphor, on top of what is already a custom variant of the OS.
Ouch. But Android -- the world's most used smartphone platform -- has fans aplenty. The ultimate test will be what
make of the new release.
aren't looking great -- the app has 2 and 1/2 out of 5 stars. Comment reviewers:
Your phone loses all functionality with this. I had to remove it instantly so I could use my phone. Facebook fails again.
Limits phone functionality, awkward interface, just weird and pointless. No widgets, doesn’t show date and time, can’t easily and quickly access basic functions such as phone (duh I need to make calls), texting, and camera. Uninstalled after 5 minutes.
Very poorly put together. Most homes support widgets and clocks and this one limits you severely. The only thing this does is puts FB on the screen all the time.
Now it only remains to be seen what the masses say.
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Facebook Skins Android With "Home", Announces $99.99 HTC First Partner Device
April 4, 2013, 3:17 PM
Facebook to Unveil Its Own Android-based OS Next Week
March 29, 2013, 10:49 AM
What is Flagship Sony’s XperiaX Smartphone?
October 25, 2016, 5:00 AM
The Galaxy C9 Pro Samsung Smartphone Has 6GB RAM
October 24, 2016, 4:29 AM
The Unlocked Moto Z Play Launches for $449.99 Today.
October 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nintendo Announced Next Game Machine to be Portable “handheld”.
October 21, 2016, 5:00 AM
Do you hate to do yard work?
October 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Smart Technology Mood Collar To Understand Your Dog’s Emotions
October 17, 2016, 5:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Car Insurance - The Hidden Discriminatory Practise
October 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Cyber Hackers Threaten Security of Lifesaving Medical Devices
October 19, 2016, 8:09 AM
8 Days to Apple's October Event
October 19, 2016, 8:22 AM
Is Razer Blade Stealth Laptop For You?
October 16, 2016, 5:00 AM
Tesla Announces Level 5 Autonomous Driving
October 19, 2016, 8:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Medical Council of India Makes Generic Medicines Mandatory
Oct 25, 2016, 5:00 AM
MacBoo Pro 2016: Release date Oct. 27
Oct 24, 2016, 7:16 AM
Mac Users, Try this if Your Mac is Infected?
Oct 23, 2016, 7:00 AM
Tips to Prevent Smartphones From Overheating:
Oct 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nasa Flies Drones at Nevada Airport
Oct 21, 2016, 8:21 AM
T-Mobile Data Problems
Oct 20, 2016, 10:17 AM
Annoying Apple Watch Problems and How to Fix Them
Oct 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Your Mail May Soon Be Delivered By Robot
Oct 19, 2016, 9:34 AM
2018 Jeep Wrangler Prototype Sells At Junkyard
Oct 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Samsung Shines with Gold Edition Tablet
Oct 17, 2016, 9:24 AM
Tesla Hints Mysterious Product Debut for October 17th
Oct 16, 2016, 10:14 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones on US flights
Oct 15, 2016, 5:00 AM
Comcast Fined $2.3 Million For Unconfirmed Services Charged To Customers
Oct 14, 2016, 5:00 AM
“American singer / songwriter “Bob Dylan is awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Oct 13, 2016, 10:33 AM
Battery Defect in Medical Device
Oct 12, 2016, 5:00 AM
IBM Bolsters Social Services Sector With Technology Grants
Oct 11, 2016, 5:00 AM
Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate but US Still Toys With Skepticism
Oct 10, 2016, 5:00 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information