Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to Get 'Home' - The Facebook's Family of Apps for your Android Phone

So it finally became clear Thursday - Facebook was not making a smartphone like Samsung, Apple or HTC do. It has in fact developed a Family of Apps that would integrate Facebook into any Android based smartphone. The App launching by Facebook really takes Facebook far ahead of other social media networks and challenges others to come up up with something better or more.
'Home' in fact is a whole new experience for your phone. It’s software that turns your Android phone into a great, living, social phone.

Launching the 'Home' Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, said: "Today, our phones are designed around apps, not people - We want to flip that around."

With 'Home' in your phone, it will transform an Android's home-screen and lock screen, allowing users to "like," comment and message right as they turn on their phones. To access other apps, which usually dominate a smartphone's home-screen, all you'll need to do is swipe your finger.
Once the phone "wakes up," the home screen and lock screen are replaced with something called "Cover Feed." Cover feed replaces the lock screen and home screen. It's a window into what's happening with your friends - friends finishing a bike race, your family sharing a meal or an article about your favorite sports team. These are the beautiful, immersive experiences that you get through Home.

Another feature of Home is the Chat Heads: With chat heads you can keep chatting with friends even when you're using other apps. When friends send you messages, a chat head appears with your friend's face, so you see exactly who you're chatting with. Messages reach you no matter what you're doing - whether you're checking email, browsing the web, or listening to music.
Home will be available as a free download from the Google Play Store starting April 12 in USA,  and will be available in other countries shortly after that. The first phone to come with Home is the HTC First, which goes on sale in the U.S. on April 12. 

Facebook 'Home' supporting devices [Photo: Huffington Post]

Home works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II. Home will also work on the forthcoming HTC One and Samsung GALAXY S4, and on more devices in the coming months.

Home will also be available pre-installed on phones through the Facebook Home Program. HTC and AT&T are the first companies working together to deliver a phone with Home. It's called the HTC First and it goes on sale April 12.

So go ahead and download Home ­and put your friends front and center on your phone.

Read more about it at: Facebook Newsroom
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