Facebook Home for Android officially announced

Facebook Home for Android officially announced

Today Facebook Home for Android was officially announced during a special media event held by the social networking company. Facebook Home is an Android launcher which replaces your stock (existing) launcher and offers a whole new experience centered around the Facebook social networking platform.

Facebook Home is “designed around people” instead of prioritizing apps. It aims to offer a more personalized experience for Facebook users through an easy to use minimalistic interface. As soon as the phone is turned on you will see a list of notifications with their profile pictures at the bottom. You can dismiss these notifications with a simple swipe to the side. If you swipe up you will have a list of all the installed applications.
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Next we will have a a feature called Chat Heads on Facebook Home. This feature combines the normal SMS texting feature on your device with the Facebook Messaging system. You will have a icon indicating the person you are chatting with on the top corner of Facebook Home for quick access. You will even have a counter showing how many messages you have missed.

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Facebook Home will be initially available on select Android smartphones (HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II) on April 12 to users in the United States. The service will eventually be extended to other devices which run  and  or higher. A tablet version of the launcher is also in development and is expected to be released later this year.

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Facebook has also partnered with several handset manufacturers to optimize the Home experience. Partners include AT&T, Orange, Qualcomm, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, EE, ZTE, Lenovo, and Alcatel. HTC will partner with AT&T to release the HTC First with Facebook Home optimized for it.

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Do you own one of the device which will be supported by Facebook Home? Or do you plan to purchase the Facebook Home optimized HTC First? Share your thoughts below.

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