Yesterday Facebook introduced a new product which they hope will make us more social in exciting new ways. Allowing us to share and connect in an easier and more intuitive manner which result in deeper relationships. With the average person looking at their phone a hundred or so times a day, it made sense for Facebook to head to the platform with radical force.
Facebook Home isn’t an operating system, nor is it just an application on your phone. It’s said to be a ‘completely new experience’ that allows the user to explore and discover their world through people and not apps. If that doesn’t make any sense then what you need to know is that Facebook Home is in a manner of speaking a user interface replacement.
Facebook Home is a package of different apps and processes which all work together to run as ‘Home’ that replaces your phones lock and home screen. Facebook ‘Home’ is designed to help you keep up to date with what is going on with your family and friends. With that in mind they have taken inspiration from cover photos and the improved timeline to give the user ‘Cover Feed’. From waking your phone up you are greeted by Cover Feed which is constructed of photos, articles, status updates and much more. Updates that are text based even feature the person’s cover photo behind in a subtle manner to keep within the photo theme. This does come across as possibly making it hard to read the text however.
Along with this you also have the fact that Home replaces your app icons and notifications with more ‘social’ ones. Small little icons contenting your friends photo will be present on the lock screen and even within the new ‘Chat Heads’. These are a persistently floating icon which indicates when you have a new Facebook Message or text message. You can deal with both right from within Home. Rather nice feature if I’m honest. Of course all of this is supported by native and fluid touch gestures which gives the user a fully natural operator experience. Don’t worry though, you Apps are safe and sound as Facebook has an answer for that by offering a ‘Bookmarked’ app draw and easy access to everything else. It’s not a total interface replacement.
Facebook Home might not be what people were expecting or better yet what people need. None the less it offers a new experience which is beautiful and easy to use. Facebook expressed how the Android platform reflects the Facebook work ethic due to it’s open natural.
With a release date set for April 12 on the Google Play store for support for the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II on release, with more supported phones to follow shortly. We will soon see just how ground breaking the new Facebook Home will really be. Take note that Tablet support will be added in the coming months.
What do you think about the new Facebook Home?
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