Home Sweet Facebook Home?

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Facebook Home recently launched their new app for Android phones. According to the app description:

Facebook Home is the mobile experience that puts your friends at the heart of your phone. From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends’ posts and photos on your home screen. Upfront notifications and quick access to your essentials mean you’ll never miss a moment. And when you download Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting with friends when you’re using other apps.

• Glance at your phone for the latest photos and posts from your friends
• With chat heads and Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting when you’re using other apps

Facebook Home is the social networking giant’s way of increasing its presence in the mobile world without actually building a smartphone or mobile operating system. Home acts as a user interface that sits on top of Android and works through a collection of apps that are stitched together to create a unified experience on the phone. It dominates the home and lock screen and provides a CoverFeed slideshow of photos from your Facebook page.

So what is so different than the regular Facebook app other than looking at a slideshow of your timeline covers and easier access for Facebook? According to users, not much. “Meh” one user says which is exactly how others seem to be feeling.  With an average rating of 2.3 out of 5 stars, users are just not seeing the benefit.

Not to let that get Facebook down, they just rolled out Facebook Home internationally. Maybe the reviewers there will see more use for it and give it a warmer welcome that here at home in the U.S.

And in case you are wondering, at least for now, Facebook Home won’t be coming to iPhones any time soon.




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