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.