Facebook announced the release of its new app, Home, as rumors that the company was working on its own smart phone device were finally proven to be mostly false. While the company isn’t making their own phone, they have made an app that makes any Android phone into, well, a Facebook phone instead.
The app, called Home, is an integrated Android social setup that works to make your phone into a hub of sharing and interaction via the world’s most popular social network.
Home is actually several apps in one, overhauling the Android phone (with the full approval of both HTC and Samsung, who were on hand for the unveil) to make it a Facebook-centric device. Coverfeed changes your home and lock screens to make them into social hubs of friend updates and, yes, advertisements. Facebook posts can be commented on or liked from the home screen, no app launch required.
You can send messages from just about anywhere in Home. Any time you’re interacting with someone’s posts, whether they be posts or comments, if they’re one of your friends, you’ll have the option of chatting or calling them just by clicking their icon/avatar right there on whatever screen you’re using. This works with Facebok Chat and several other popular IM and voice services.
In fact, the entire setup, while it’s made up of several apps, is seamless and you’ll rarely know an app is launching or shutting down as they’re all integrated. It’s one big seamless Facebook Home app.
It’s likely that many users who aren’t overly social will find this app horrible, but it’s just as likely that millions of users will love the integration and embrace it. Facebook may be on to something.