Facebook announces ‘Facebook Home’ replacement launcher for Android [Video]



As expected, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the HTC First Facebook phone today, but he also introduced a complete home replacement for many popular Android phones (and eventually tablets). It’s called Facebook Home, and according to Zuckerberg, “It sets the tone for your whole experience.”

Although the new launcher will work with all the apps that are installed on your phone, it changes the focal point to people as opposed to apps. The Coverfeed allows you to scroll through updates with large photos. You will be able to quickly see all the comments and respond inline. You will also find a notification pane that includes SMS messages and other important posts.

Chat Heads allows you to utilize Facebook Messenger or SMS while using any other app. You can simply carry on a conversation without closing the app. Floating pictures of your friends appears on the screen, and you can move them wherever you want. If you want to converse with any of your friends, just tap their picture to start chatting via SMS or Facebook Messenger.


You will also find a major change when it comes to notifications. They are now sorted by friend instead of apps. It’s all about telling you what your friend is doing rather than if an app has something to tell you. In a sense, your phone becomes one huge newsfeed. Check out more in this video…

The rumors leading up to today were that Facebook would fork Android, but Zuckerberg praised the openness of Android and said, “You don’t need to fork Android or modify the OS to do this.” 

Facebook is offering Facebook Home to all manufacturers as far as making their phones compatible to it or by releasing phones that have it pre-installed. Some partners already signed up include HTC, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, and chipmaker Qualcomm.


Since it was announced that some phones already on the market would be compatible, it’s unclear whether an over-the-air update is necessary to enable this compatibility. These phones include the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, the upcoming Galaxy S 4, the HTC One, and the One X+. If you have one of these phones, you can simply download the app from the Play Store when it becomes available on April 12, which is the same day the HTC First will become available. Tablet support is on the way, but no timeframe was given.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

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  • http://www.bible-tech.com/ Justin A

    So its basically just another launcher? If so, then why is it not available for ALL devices? Seems a little odd.

  • swtrainer

    Not gonna happen on my home screen. This is just the start of Suckerberg sending ads to Android users’ home screens. Facebook is already so yesterday. I have lost interested in knowing where people are eating or whether they liked the green beans they just ate. I haven’t been on Facebook in weeks and I haven’t missed it one single bit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001950987546 Jeb Eldridge

    Yet another reason to waste time away on my cell phone and not enjoy life

  • PKM

    I dont know why people are getting so angry, the kind of people who will get this are the iphone girls, so at least it will benefit us android users with more apps im guessing ?

  • tommyguns818

    works on my rooted s2. thanks for this but it’s totally stupid.

  • http://www.friv3.org.in/ friv3

    It has brought great disappointment for facebook followers. and I still have not seen it break down

  • http://twitter.com/brashelp BrasHelp – Soluções

    useless… just it. another trick to display ads and gather personal information.

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8

    I’m glad I went across these details and also got to see it. Thanks.