The majority of smartphone fans don’t feel that iPhone owners are missing out on Facebook’s new Home app-cum-social networking skin, it has emerged, after it was confirmed that it would be exclusive to Android handsets.
Unveiled last week, Facebook Home effectively takes over the look and feel of handsets, putting the social networking service slap bang on its homescreen and at the core of the user interface.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg said he would have liked to bring it to the iPhone, but that Apple’s tight restrictions and insistence on controlling its handsets’ user experience kyboshed any chances of that happening.
However, judging by the reaction from smartphone fans in a uSwitch Tech poll, Facebook Home isn’t exactly top of many people’s iPhone app wishlists.
Asked whether they felt that iPhone users are missing out by not being able to download the app, 79.22 per cent (879 people) answered no. Pretty emphatic we’re sure you’ll agree.
Whether that’s a reflection on the perceived quality of the app or privacy concerns isn’t clear. But we think not.
The result is probably more informed by iPhone owners’ innate tendency to favour simple, clear usability of iOS above the freedom to customise a phone’s layout that Android offers.
Either that, or, after years of doomsaying in the tech press, the Facebook bubble might really have burst.