Facebook Home for Android Unveiled

After much speculation, Facebook has unveiled its “Facebook Phone,” but it is not a completely new device. Instead, Facebook Home is integrating the popular social media service into Android smartphones.

“You’re going to be able to turn your Android phone into a great social device,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the launch. “Our phones today are designed around apps, not people. We want to flip that around.”

Facebook Home pushes updates from the social network right on the home screen with the help of the Cover Feed feature. Think of it as the Flipboard app right on the home screen, wherein content from Facebook occupies the entire display and users can navigate through updates just by swiping. Meanwhile, apps are pulled from the home screen and can be accessed through a launcher that appears if you swipe upwards.

There is also the “chat heads” feature, wherein you receive messages from Facebook Messenger and SMS as pop-up heads on the margin instead of intrusive notifications. You no longer have to leave the app you are in to respond to the pop-up chat. This function does not work with third-party messaging apps.

Android users with the most recent version of the Facebook app will spot a prominent link asking them if they want to download Facebook Home, which comes available as a separate app. The suite will be available beginning April 12th, but only for specific phones such as the HTC One and One X, as well as Samsung Galaxy S III, S IV, and Note II. Compatible tablets will be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, HTC also unveiled a smartphone that comes pre-loaded with Facebook Home called the HTC First. It will be available beginning April 12th for $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T.

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Source: Mashable

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