Facebook Home Now Available At Play Store For Select Devices : The Droid Guy

If you are a big fan of Facebook then you’ll be pleased to know that the social networking giant has finally released the Facebook Home app over at Google Play. Don’t be surprised if your device isn’t seeing it yet as it’s being released gradually so some devices will have access to the app while some won’t.

So far the app is only available for use in the U.S. and only on selected devices. The device list is as follows

HTC First
HTC One (officially supported, but not yet available)
HTC One X
HTC One X+
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S4 (officially supported, but not yet available)
Installing the app can easily be done by downloading it on your device and opening it.

For those whose devices aren’t on the compatibility list then you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the app to become available.

A way to use Facebook Home on the Nexus 4 and possibly any other non-compatible device was discovered by Krzysztof Bryk. This method requires that you manually install the three .apk files required to run Facebook home and do a little editing on the build.prop file. If you are up to the challenge then you might want out check out the procedure.

Facebook Home is the new interface from the social network that allows you to easily access your Facebook account on your Android device. You’ll just need to glance on your phone to view updates from your friends, there’s the new chat heads feature and it comes with bigger and bolder notifications.

Some of the features of this new app include

Cover Feed: As soon as you turn on your phone, you see posts from your News Feed, so you always know what your friends are up to
Chat Heads and Messenger: Install Messenger to send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same spot.
Notifications: Notifications from Facebook appear right on your home screen and stick around until you need them. Open a notification with a tap or clear them away to see your cover feed.
App Launcher: Launch your favorite apps and post to Facebook from the same spot

Read more @ The Droid Guy.

Timeline designer Nicholas Felton leaves Facebook as Home for Android launches | The Verge

Two years after joining Facebook, designer Nicholas Felton is leaving the company. In aFacebook post yesterday, Felton said he was “extremely proud of the projects I worked on” and called his time at Facebook a high point in his career, but that he would be “moving on” and returning to New York. Felton is best known for working on the Facebook Timeline, a major overhaul that gave profile pages a new look and a new way of organizing information. He leaves just as Facebook introduces another new tool: Home, an Android launcher that makes Facebook posts and messaging central to a phone’s user interface.

Felton’s plans for the moment are unknown, but he has a long pre-Facebook history. His widely read Personal Annual Reports, a chart from which is shown above, collect details captured by relentless lifelogging, creating a revealing portrait of himself. Those reports would later be credited as an influence on Timeline. He’s also seen his brand of life-tracking and analytics become more popular; last year, he described his desire to put his data in context now that “half my friends are wearing FitBits.”

Source: The Verge.

HTC First with Facebook Home review

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With a billion users, it’d be an understatement to say Facebook has done a good job conquering the desktop world. Mobile, however, is the social network’s next frontier: although it has a significant presence on every major smartphone and tablet platform, the company has a reputation for bringing its key features to the PC environment long before they arrive on mobile — if at all.

But the April 4th reveal of Facebook Home, a solidly built Android launcher, reflects a change in attitude for Mark Zuckerberg and Co. Instead of simply maintaining a smartphone presence, Facebook is ready to go to battle and is putting mobile on the top of its list of priorities. It’s even adding a proper piece of hardware to its arsenal in the form of the HTC First, a 4.3-inch device on AT&T with LTE, reasonable mid-range specs and a gorgeous display. Is it worth $99 with a two-year commitment to purchase a handset dedicated to the social cause? Should you just wait until Home is available as a free download in the Google Play Store? Or is it best to ignore it altogether? Continue reading to find out.

Read the full Review @ engadget.com.