We have already had a glimpse of the “Facebook Phone” earlier this week and now we have what is being alleged to be the screenshots of Facebook’s Android Home UI, which the social networking giant is expected to unveil later tonight. The screenshots come from @evleaks that has a fairly credible track record and was also responsible for the HTC First phone leak. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
The leak indicates that the launcher will incorporate full screen imagery which will perhaps be pulled from Facebook’s vast database of images and users will be able to post status updates, check-ins and access the ‘Photos’ pane from right within the app drawer on Android. Actually, the top pane by the looks of it remains quite similar to what we have become accustomed to on its mobile apps. Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
The UI will also offer users regular updates from friends, Instagram updates and also missed call alerts. Obviously, sharing features will be throughly baked-in. In all probability, the HTC phone will be a way showcase the launcher, but it’s quite likely that the launcher will be offered on the Google Play store, so that any Android smartphone can be turned into a Facebook Phone.
The images leaked suggest the Facebook experience is the heart of the user experience, and while Android will remain omnipresent, it will be the core Facebook experience that will take the front row seat instead of Google‘s own services.