Facebook introduces Home for Android
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Home, a new Android-based Facebook interface. The product will be rolled out starting April 12. AT&T and HTC will offer the first phones with Facebook Home pre-installed. Next
‘It’s about being human’
According Zuckerberg, we spend 20 percent of our time on our phones on Facebook. Add Instagram and it’s 25 percent. “Most people just want to know what is going on,” Zuckerberg said. “That’s wanting to stay connected. It’s being human. Why do we need to go into so many apps to do that?” Next
People, not apps
The new phone is designed around people, not apps.
“We don’t want to build a phone or operating system that only some people can use. Our community has over a billion people in it and we want to build the best experience for every person on every phone,” Zuckerberg said.
“Android was designed to support deep integrations. The home screen of your phone sets the tone for your whole experience,” Zuckerberg said.
The new interface will be called “Home.” The system will show updates on what your friends and family are doing. It’s the home screen and the lock screen. Content loads while your phone is sleeping.
The idea is to make messaging easier. “Chat heads” allows you to easily message people no matter what you are doing and they work with Facebook messages and regular text messages. Next
“Cover feed” is Facebook’s name for the phone’s newsfeed, which is a big scroller of events, pictures and updates. Next
“Notifications” show you the most important things going on with your friends. Next
Home will also have an apps launcher. Next
Messaging will allow users to answer messages no matter what you are doing with your phone. Messages are delivered a “Chatheads.” You can “pop into” conversations without leaving what you are doing. The “Chathead” icons will stay with you as you switch apps. Next
After Home launches, if you have most recent Facebook app on Android, you will get a link to install on the Google Play store. You will have the option to try once or install it permanently. Home will not be available on tablets at first. Home will update every month adding new features and, eventually, devices. Next
The HTC First will be the first phone released with Home pre-installed. The phone will come in four colors. Available on April 12 for $99.99 on AT&T. pre-orders are being taken now. Back to the beginning
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