Facebook Home was only recently announced at the company’s campus in California. Facebook Home is a host of Facebook applications that overhauls the entire experience on your phone’s homescreen and the lockscreen, constantly giving you updates on the activities of your friends no matter what they be. The good thing is that you will not need to open the application to view the activity and for the most part, not even unlock the phone, the bad thing however is that you will have ads.
Chat heads is one of the main features about Facebook Home. Whoever you are conversing with on Facebook, their faces will appear no top of any application that you are using in a circular shape allowing you to click on them and compose a message instantly. We are not sure that this feature will be welcome by many users. It does make things easier, but you might also keep pressing the buttons unintentionally. The application is designed around gestures so it will be easy to navigate around the application, switching to and from an application, posting a photo or status etc. An easier way of looking at the new Facebook Home is that it turns your phone, essentially, into a newsfeed. The applications all have badges and notifications and they will let you know when something new is happening. The badges will tell you about the friend that has some activity and not just a random number representing the number of new notifications and that is application to all the applications available on the new Facbeook Home.
The application will not be available to download right now and will not be available for a host of smartphones available in the market at first. The application should be available starting 12th April or so the rumors go. Also, the new Facebook Home will only be available to HTC One, One X, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II. You will be able to install the application from Google Play Store and if you have Facebook installed on your phone, it will automatically ask of you to download the new Facebook Home. We should be able to see new features and support for new devices every single month. One thing to know here is that it won’t be available for larger screens for months.
Considering the statistics (we spend 25% of our time on phone using Facebook and Instagram), Facebook Home will definitely be an interesting experience however, it probably would have been much warmly welcomed if it were available on several devices rather than a few already mentioned.