Facebook Home, The Social Network’s latest foray into the mobile space, is now available on Google Play, giving Fandroids the ability to stay in touch with friends more easily than before.
Owners of select Android smartphones, namely HTC’s One X and One X+ and the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, can download Facebook’s bespoke Android launcher for free right now – so long as they live in the US.
Yes, sadly, Facebook’s Android Home-coming is yet to happen in the UK and the rest of the world. Fortunately, our friends over at Omio have come up with three easy steps to install it onto handsets in Blighty.
Officially unveiled this month, Facebook Home brings you even closer to your nearest and dearest with a dedicated lock screen called Cover Feed. This displays the latest updates from your social circle, as well messages and notifications, and lets you ‘like’ and comment on them right on the spot.
Elsewhere, it introduces Chat Heads, a rather neat feature that allows you to keep chatting with a friend or group of friends even while you’re in other applications. You can also send and receive texts and Facebook messages in one place, accompanied by your friends’ profile pictures to make conversations more personal.
Other features include a streamlined app launcher that houses all your applications, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
You can also drag your profile photo left in the lock screen to quickly access your messages, up to view the app launcher and right to open your last used app.
To promote Facebook Home’s launch on Android, Facebook has released a minute-long video (see below) starring none other than Mark Zuckerberg addressing employees, one of whom is simply too busy to listen as he’s distracted by the very app his boss is passionately describing.
Facebook Home will come preinstalled with the HTC First, which lands on EE this summer.
It’s still unknown when other Android users in UK will be able to grab it from Google Play. However, as soon as we find out, we’ll be sure to let you know.