What is Facebook Home?

Facebook Home

Maybe it seems like an obvious maneuver – Facebook is already so prevalent in our daily life. We share our stories, our triumphs, our failures, our job updates, our kids’ photos, and our recipes. Why not make it much easier to do that, and integrate it with your smartphone’s home screen?

Facebook has probably been planning this for some time, but this week the official release of Facebook Home actually happened. It’s release became official for Android devices. The family of applications, available in the Google Play store, embeds the chat and New Feed function right on to your home screen. In a sense, Facebook takes over your whole phone.

Which is the exact reason why many people hate it, so far.

People are giving it one star not because it’s poorly designed, because it’s not, but because it literally invades your phone. Unless you really, really enjoy seeing pictures of sushi, political dissidents, someone’s beach trip photos, or sleeping puppies, this app is probably not for you.

Not everyone dislikes the app – TechHive reports that some users testing Home on devices like the Samsung Galaxy SIII or the HTC Evo say they love the app, “especially the Chat Heads, which are bubbles that include your friends’ profile photos and appear to the right side of Facebook messages.”

The software package is currently compatible with the HTC One, One X, and One X+; and the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 2.

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