Last week, Facebook launched its Android launcher app called Home much to the excitement of social media fans who ve since been itching to download the launcher on their devices. As promised by Mark Zuckerberg, Home finally debuted today on Google Play Store. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this weekAlso Read - Top free app on Google Play store: Meesho beats Instagram to top the chart
For those who ve forgotten about it, let s do a short recap of what Facebook Home is all about. Home is a launcher app that transforms your Android device to give it a more Facebook-centric appearance. The change though is mostly cosmetic and doesn t take away the experience of using an Android device. Home also doesn t access your private data on the phone, as Facebook clarified recently. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India crosses 10 million downloads within few hours of release
So finally after installing Home on your phone when you switch it on, instead of the default lock screen, you will see what Facebook calls the Cover Feed. It is essentially your Facebook s news feed on the phone s lock screen and you can swipe through these photos or status updates, like them and even comment on them directly from the lock screen.
Another useful feature on Facebook Home is the Chat Head, which appear whenever there is a new message and remains on the screen till the time the user manually removes them. These heads are quite non-intrusive and you can continue to do whatever you were doing and even switch between apps without having to dismiss the notification or respond to it. Notifications too have been enabled on the Cover Feed and one can simply tap a new notification to get into it or swipe them down to dismiss them.
For now Home will only work on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 4. However, at the moment, the app page shows it does not support most of these devices in India. If you own one of these devices, head over to the Google Play Store to download Home for free and let us know if it works for you. In the meanwhile you can see the launcher in action in the video below.