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App has a 2 and 1/2 star rating

If you're picking up an HTC First from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) you have Facebook, Inc.'s (FB) new "Home" Android UI already preloaded.  Otherwise, you may be able to install it today, as the app just went live.

The app is currently available (or will soon be available) for the:
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • HTC One
  • 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.


The reskin has drawn some controversy as Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) 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.

He writes:

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 they make of the new release.

Early reviews 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.

Source: Google Play



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RE: yay for WP fans
By MadMan007 on 4/17/2013 7:10:03 AM , Rating: 0
It's a skin, not an app. Imo that's closer to a 'different OS' than anything even if it's not a true custom fork.


RE: yay for WP fans
By Luticus on 4/17/2013 7:45:14 AM , Rating: 2
Seeing as this is a custom launcher and launchers are just apps like anything else... this is indeed an app, not a skin. This does not simply change the looks of the device but it alters functionality.


RE: yay for WP fans
By othercents on 4/17/2013 7:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
Its a launcher which is closer to a skin than it is an application. It changes how the app drawer looks and the home screen looks which applications won't be able to do unless they modify the launcher, or are a launcher themselves. This is separate from the Chat Heads which are part of the Facebook Messenger application. I wish I could use Chat Heads for all my messaging applications and without using Facebook Messenger.

Anyways the OP was smoking something. At best the iOS people are making fun of Android for Facebook Home.


RE: yay for WP fans
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/17/2013 9:04:52 AM , Rating: 5
iOS people can't get their heads around a launcher app... that's why they're iOS people.


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