Facebook Home has officially hit the GooglePlay Store, and is available for download to compatible smartphones. The new software platform is aimed at turning Android handsets into more Facebook-centric devices.
Currently the software is available for a number of models, including the HTC One X, HTC One X+, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the Samsung Galaxy S II. Facebook Home will also launch on AT&T’s new HTC First handset, and will be compatible with the new HTC One and upcoming Samsung Galax S IV.
A New Social-Networking Experience
Facebook Home brings over a great deal of Facebook’s functionality directly onto your handset, with the latest photos and news posts from friends showing directly to the handset. The software also provides bigger notifications, and allows users to instantly access Facebook and Instagram services. Facebook Home also offers a new key feature deemed Chat Head. The feature allows users to incorporate pictures into Facebook chats.
The new platform may be just what Facebook junkies crave, but it could prove to be a bit too intrusive for others. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that the new platform does measure basic analytics. The statistics are supposedly used to “refine the user experience”, according to Facebook’s CEO.
The good news is that this data won’t have your name attached to it; but with Facebook already tracking information a great deal of information, this may be a step to far for some.