The Verge - Facebook's new Home on Android: from rumors to reality 2013-05-10T03:15:53-04:00 2013-05-10T03:15:53-04:00 2013-05-10T03:15:53-04:00 Facebook Home now available for Galaxy S4 and HTC One <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Since the <a href="">release of Facebook Home</a> last month, the software has been limited to a small handful of phones headlined by the new <a href=""></a><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">HTC</a> <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">First</a>, but it appears that <a href=""></a><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Samsung</a> <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Galaxy S4</a> and <a href="">HTC One</a> owners can now give their phones a Facebook makeover, too. <a href=";utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank"><em>Android Central</em> reports</a> that after an update to the official Facebook app (but strangely, not the Home app), both phones are reportedly able to run the launcher. In the case of the S4, you&rsquo;ll first be greeted with a popup asking if you want to "Use Home Anyway," but everything works fine. The One, on the other hand, has no such confirmation, and we&rsquo;ve been able to confirm that installing Home does work despite a lack of changes in the app&rsquo;s Play store listing.</p> <p><em>Android Central</em> reports that...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jeff Blagdon 2013-04-21T21:00:17-04:00 2013-04-21T21:00:17-04:00 Facebook Home hits 500k downloads in nine days <img alt="" src="" /> <p>People are interested in Facebook Home. In the nine days since <a href="">the app launched on Google Play</a>, it&rsquo;s amassed over 500,000 downloads, <a href="" target="_blank">reports <em>TechCrunch</em></a>, despite only running on a handful of devices. Home, Facebook&rsquo;s new OS-wide experience for Android, was first announced at the beginning of the month alongside the <a href="">HTC First</a>, but didn't make it to Play until the 12th of April. And while Facebook has grand designs for expanded compatibility in the future, so far it&rsquo;s only available on the aforementioned First, HTC&rsquo;s One and One X, and Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy S III and Note II.</p> <p><q class="center">People are at least curious</q></p> <p>It&rsquo;s tough to compare the app&rsquo;s popularity to the rest of what's in the Play store when it runs on such a limited subset of...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Jeff Blagdon 2013-04-16T12:17:43-04:00 2013-04-16T12:17:43-04:00 Talking heads: how a late-night hack turned into Facebook's next big thing <img alt="" src="" /> <p>On a Wednesday almost one year ago, Facebook product designers Joey Flynn and Brandon Walkin decided to work from home. They discussed how frustrating it is that modern smartphones aren't designed with texting in mind, since that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re doing most of the time. It's impossible to multitask while texting with friends &mdash; who are, more often than not, faceless entities organized by row inside a texting app.</p> <p>"We had always talked about how apps with messaging components inside them are...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Ellis Hamburger 2013-04-13T11:23:03-04:00 2013-04-13T11:23:03-04:00 Mark Zuckerberg stars in new Facebook Home ad, only to be ignored by his employees <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Facebook has released a <a target="_blank" href="">new commercial</a> with an unusual star &mdash; CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company's "Launch Day" ad, published to the web yesterday, sees Zuckerberg deliver an address to his employees prior to the release of <a target="_blank" href="">Facebook Home</a>, Facebook's new Android-integrated mobile operating system.</p> <p>"Guys! This is it," Zuckerberg exclaims upon entering the scene at Facebook's headquarters, before telling his team that Facebook Home is <a href="">ready to ship</a>. The focus then shifts to Joey, an employee playing around on his HTC First handset while his boss speaks. As Zuckerberg's voice fades into the background, Joey flips through status updates and photos, and texts his friends through Home's Chat Heads feature. Each post sends Joey's mind on a...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Amar Toor 2013-04-12T13:59:11-04:00 2013-04-12T13:59:11-04:00 How to get Facebook Home (or get rid of it) <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Starting today, you can have a Facebook phone &mdash; and all you need is your current Android phone and about five minutes. <a href="">Facebook Home</a>, a suite of apps that replaces the homescreen of your Android phone with your Facebook News Feed and overhauls your messaging setup, is now available in the Google Play store. Home lets you keep track of what your friends are up to without ever having to launch an app, and the newly-added unification of Messenger and SMS makes keeping in touch even simpler. It's a handsome and clever way to interact with friends with your existing Android handset &mdash; and you can easily go back to your old homescreen at any time, so why not try it? We&rsquo;ve laid out everything you need to know in the guide below, and in...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Evan Rodgers 2013-04-09T21:01:05-04:00 2013-04-09T21:01:05-04:00 HTC First review: a Facebook phone that's pure Google at heart <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The HTC First is going to be best-known as the pilot "Facebook Phone," shipping with the all-new <a href="">Facebook Home</a> software running in lieu of a traditional Android phone skin. That would be enough to make it notable, but the First has a couple of other things going for it, things that lots of people have been waiting for in an Android phone. First (and before we go any further, let's just put it on the table that "First" is a ridiculous name), HTC is finally zigging into a smaller screen size...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Dieter Bohn 2013-04-09T21:00:46-04:00 2013-04-09T21:00:46-04:00 Facebook Home review: are people more important than apps? <img alt="" src="" /> <p>On April 12th, the much-vaunted Facebook Phone will arrive &mdash; but it's not a phone at all. Facebook Home, as it's called, is a couple of pieces of software that transform any Android smartphone&rsquo;s homescreen into a Facebook feed, and put Facebook Messenger chats on top of any app. Instead of making a <a href="">sucker's bet that it can take on Apple and Samsung directly</a>, Facebook is doing what Facebook does best: making software. </p> <p>It's a clever strategy, but it will only work if the software is...</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Dieter Bohn 2013-04-08T06:11:38-04:00 2013-04-08T06:11:38-04:00 Facebook Home beta apps leak, can be installed on Nexus 4 and 7 (update) <img alt="" src="" /> <p><i>MoDaCo</i> has just <a href="" target="_blank">leaked a pre-release version of Facebook Home</a>. Set for launch on April 12th, Facebook's new launcher will initially only be compatible with five handsets, but <i>MoDaCo</i> says this pre-release version works on a wide range of devices including Google's Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 tablet.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading&hellip;</a> </p> Aaron Souppouris