FACE­BOOK HOME

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - APPENDAGE -

In­stead of a Face­book phone that raked up so many ru­mours on the In­ter­net for many weeks, we now have the Face­book Home app for top-end An­droid smart­phones. Face­book’s aim: ‘Turn an An­droid phone into a great, liv­ing, so­cial phone’.

The app vir­tu­ally takes over the smart­phone’s lock screen and home­page and throws out timeline up­dates. Sin­gle up­dates with the photo or text ap­pear on the screen and slowly floats to­wards the left giv­ing space for the next feed to ap­pear. We could also swipe the screen to­wards the right to view timeline up­dates. But when you tap on an up­date, it launches the Face­book app. How­ever, not all lat­est up­dates, vis­i­ble on the web ver­sion of Face­Book, ap­pear here.

To­wards the bot­tom of the screen ap­peared a bub­ble with the pro­file im­age. Touch­ing the bub­ble shows three op­tions – messenger, apps and HTC Sense (as we tested the app on HTC One). With ev­ery in­com­ing Face­book mes­sage the sender’s im­age ap­pears on the bub­ble. Drag­ging your pro­file bub­ble to­wards the apps opens a page with sta­tus, photo and check-in at the top, phone, mes­sage and cam­era at the bot­tom with the lat­est used apps in be­tween. Swip­ing it to­wards the left shows all apps.

Down­load­able from the Google Play Store, the ap­pli­ca­tion at the mo­ment works only on a few se­lected de­vices in­clud­ing the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the re­cently an­nounced HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. How­ever, we could not run it on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Over­all, we were not re­ally very im­pressed with the Face­book Home app and it did drain the bat­tery quickly.

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