Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook has announced the launch of a new app known as Facebook Home which replaces the standard homescreen of your Android phone. Zuckerberg has clarified in the event that Facebook Home is neither exactly an operating system nor completely an app. Instead, it contains a little of both of them.
Simply put, Facebook Home is Facebook’s attempt to take control by essentially pushing its contents at the center of the Android phones. The homescreen and lockscreen change into the ‘Cover Feed’. As the constant stream of posts and images from your friends takes up the entire screen, you will be able to interact with your friends instantly without even opening any specific app. All the apps are available in a launcher. Just one touch is enough to take you to them, or bring you to the last app that you were using.
The feature that Facebook has high hopes on is the new messaging component known as ‘Chat Heads’ that combines the regular SMS enabled text-message tool of your phone with Facebook Messenger. This new feature allows messages to pop up having the profile picture of the sender surrounded by a small circle no matter what you are doing at the time. Not only you can dismiss it with a single touch, but you also have the option to read the message without quitting what you are doing.
Facebook Home will be pre-installed in the upcoming HTC First which releases on 12th April, 2013. You will also be able to download it from the Google Play store. Initially, it will only be available for some Android phones like the HTC One series, Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III. However, the downloaded version will not have all the features that will be installed in the HTC First.
This is just the first step. It is obvious that Facebook will continue testing its new launch across all platforms and will be other phones as well in the months to come.