Facebook Home Download Mark Hits 1 Million

A month after its release, Facebook Home has finally crossed the 1 million downloads milestone, after the company released a minor update few days back as a part of its “new every four week” cycle.

However, after the release of Facebook Home, the launcher was heavily criticized by users and was poorly rated in Google’s Play Store. In the first 10 days after its launch, the app was downloaded 500,000 times, however, it took twice as long to hit the other 500,000 downloads. The app has been awarded a cumulative two-star review from the more than 16,700 reviews on its Google Play page.

Facebook Home Ratings

Facebook product director Adam Mosseri said that the latest Facebook Home update includes the following changes and improvements:

  • Chat Heads improvements that make chatting more seamless with fewer steps.
  • A new, full-screen interface for your dock of apps that you can access more simply through a single swipe.
  • Subfolders within the app dock, kind of like you see in the iOS app launcher.
  • More “Blue’s Clues” pop-up prompts to educate users on new features.

Facebook has also said that it is carefully going through most of the valuable reviews and feedbacks given by users on Play Store and has promised that in the upcoming updates it would probably make the necessary changes that users are suggesting.

HTC First Facebook Phone Price Drops to $0.99 at AT&T

The only Android smartphone to have the new Facebook Home loaded on top right from start is now available for just $0.99. HTC First is available for purchase through wireless carrier AT&T in the United States at only $0.99 with the signing of a two-year contract agreement.

The phone was announced a month ago and was originally sold for $99 with a two-year contract. Although we’re not aware why the phone’s price has dropped from a huge margin, but what we assume is that Facebook is trying to get Home into the hands of more users.

HTC First Price Drop

Facebook’s entry into the hardware market hasn’t been a pleasing one. At the time of writing this post 15,855 users had rated Facebook Home, however, the app has a low rating on just 2.2 stars out of 5, with only 2,763 users rating it a 5 while a majority number of users rating it 1 star.

According to Business Insider, “the price drop also backs up reports from analysts that the phone hasn’t been selling very well. One analyst reported that he called an AT&T store whose employees claimed they hadn’t sold any HTC First phones”.

Why I Uninstalled Facebook Home in a Few Hours

Facebook announced “Home” a new Android launcher that lets you “connect” with your friends by putting them in the heart of your phone. Connecting with friends is good, but staying connected 24/7 is something that I don’t want.

Facebook Home was rolled out on Google Play Store yesterday and just like every other curious user, I installed it on my Galaxy S3. It brought everything including photos, status updates, messages and services at the foreground of my phone’s screen.

At first it looked good, but as I started using it for a few hours, it got really annoying because every time I turned on my phone’s screen I only had to see Facebook updates. And that’s the main reason why I uninstalled it and switched back to normal ‘life.’

Other than that, I honestly missed all the widgets and folders that I had setup in the previous launcher — checking my calendar for events, being updated with the latest cricket scores, Google Play, and so on. Also, I missed the dock icons at the bottom of the screen where I could easily access my phone’s dialer, messages, camera and browser. With Facebook Home installed, all of these features were gone.

Facebook Home vs. Other Launcher

Sorry Facebook, I really don’t want to see you popping on my phone’s screen every time I unlock my phone.

Personally, Facebook Home is a waste of time and I would not recommend any normal user to install it. However, if you’re a Facebook addict and you can’t seem to live your day without checking Facebook very occasionally, this is app is perfectly designed for you. It allows you to access all Facebook’s features without actually opening the app or the site on the browser.

Having said that, I think I’m not the only one who is annoyed with Facebook Home. A majority number of people who have installed Facebook Home have felt the same. The app has been negatively reviewed and majorly rated with one star on Google Play Store.

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With Facebook Home, your Android device is no more a smartphone; it’s simply a “friendphone” without any smartness.

Here’s how you can change the default launcher or uninstall Facebook Home and return back to normal:

  • Open Settings and scroll down to the “Device” category, then select “Apps.”
  • This will bring up list of all of your installed apps. Scroll down and find Facebook Home.
  • Tap on the name, then scroll down to the bottom and select “Clear defaults.”
  • Hit the Home button again, which will again give you the option to pick your launcher; pick Launcher, and choose “Always” to make it the default.

Otherwise, you can simply uninstall Facebook Home app by tapping on the “uninstall” button.

Official Facebook Home Now Available on Google Play Store

You can now get rid of the leaked Facebook Home apk as the new Android launcher from Facebook is finally available for download on Google’s Play Store. Users will be receiving updates for both Facebook and the messaging app, which will make your phone compatible to use Facebook Home on your Android device.

The official Facebook Home Android launcher is currently being rolled out to all regions on Play Store. If you don’t see the app yet, you’ll just have to wait for a few more hours.

Facebook Home Now on Play Store

Facebook is yet to update its official page for Home with a link to the app on Google Play Store. At this point, HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and (eventually) the One and Galaxy S4 are the only devices that will support Facebook Home. Others, you simply have to wait, or it’s time you upgrade your phone.

Facebook Home Android APK Leaks, Download Now

Facebook Home, which was announced a few days ago, is scheduled for download to a limited number of smartphones beginning April 12. Facebook announced that Home will only be available for HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II, while Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One will receive it soon as well.

However, for those Facebook addicts who no longer wish to wait and are eager to play around with it can download the leaked version of Facebook Home, pulled from a pre-release HTC First ROM.

This leaked version of Facebook Home consists of 3 APK files which you need to download in order to make it work. However, the APK seems to be buggy and incomplete, and is only compatible with Android devices with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

Facebook Home APK Leak

According to Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo, the source of the leaked files, the “Chat Heads” feature doesn’t seem to be working in this build, however, the rest of the features offer a smooth experience.

Apart from the requirement of maximum resolution of 1280×768, users who want to try the leaked version should completely uninstall the existing Facebook app, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation.

For rooted users with Facebook pre-installed:

  • Find the location of Facebook in your system partition (e.g. /system/app/Facebook.apk or perhaps /system/app/Facebook_Client.apk)
  • Delete said file (after backing it up!)
  • Reboot device
  • Install Facebook from the Play Store then uninstall it
  • Install above APKs

You can download Facebook Home APK files from here.

Will There Be Ads on Facebook Home? Yes, at Some Point

Today, Facebook announced Home, a new launcher that integrates Facebook deeply into Android and turns your phone into a “social” device. Home launcher for Android will be made available on Google Play Store starting April 12.

One of the main features of Home is the Facebook Cover Feed, which features newly updated stories and photos from your Facebook friends. You can view notifications, post comments, like and share posts, and so on. In other words, it is a Facebook hub, with which you get to play with every feature that you see on the desktop version.

In the last few months, Facebook has been focusing more on mobile and has been trying to figure out a strong strategy to monetize apps and other services offered on mobile devices. With today’s announcement, the question strikes whether the new Facebook Home launcher will have ads or not?

Facebook Home

At the event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated that ads will be a part the launcher at some point. He is quoted as saying, “There are no ads in this yet. I’m sure at some point there will be.”

Zuckerberg responded more directly to a further question: “Yup!” he said when asked again whether people might see ads in cover feed. So it looks like Facebook has come up with a strategy and a platform on mobile through which it can generate some revenue.

However, putting ads in the Cover Feeds doesn’t mean that you would see the usual ads that you see in the desktop version. It means that you’ll be seeing promotions and sponsored stores just like how they’re on the Facebook for Android app. However, putting ads in Cover Feed means you’d see these promotions and sponsored stores directly on your phone’s home screen and lock screen, and I’m very skeptical that users will be accepting this.

What do you think of it? Let us know by posting your comments below.

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Mark Zuckerberg Unveils Facebook Home Launcher for Android

Today is the day that Facebook invited the press to “Come See Our New Home on Android.” Well, it’s not a new phone nor it’s a customized Android operating system, but a new Android launcher.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced “Home”, a new Android launcher that will turn your Android device into a “social” phone. Home will be available for free download on Google Play Store starting April 12.

According to Zuckerberg, the new Facebook Home launcher for Android focuses on people and not tasks and apps, as most smartphones are built upon. The launcher is designed to make it easier for users to know and see what’s happening with friends and what content they’ve been sharing.

Facebook Home

“Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s also more than just an app. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.”

The new Home launcher for Android will work on HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II. Additionally, Facebook has announced that it will be made available on HTC One, the Samsung GALAXY S4 as well as new devices in the coming months

The home screen of Home focuses on a feature called Facebook Cover Feed, which replaces the lock screen and of course the home screen. It’s a feed comprised of stores and photos that constantly keeps updating as to see what’s happening with your friends. Home also features a new notifications system that lets you scrub through multiple alerts at once.

Home will be available for download on April 12th in the US, however, international users will have to wait a little longer. Also, the launcher will be available to users of Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but not Gingerbread.

A notable feature is the Facebook Chat Heads, with which you can chat with friends. For instance, when a friend messages you, it pops up that friend’s face and you can tap on the face to continue the conversation even when you’re using other apps.

Facebook has created the Facebook Home Program to allow handset makers to optimize the Home experience. Partners include AT&T, Orange, Qualcomm, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, EE, ZTE, Lenovo, and Alcatel.

In the same event, Facebook also announced the new HTC First smartphone, which will be the first device that is optimized for Facebook Home. Click here for more details on the features and specifications.

Here’s the official commercial video uploaded on YouTube:

Hands-On With The HTC First Running The Gesture-Powered Facebook Home