Facebook Home Makes Facebook The Center Of Your Mobile Device


Facebook Home: Finish Setup

Get ready for Facebook posts and Instagram pics to take over your mobile device with Facebook Home. Facebook Home goes beyond being a placeholder for your apps and puts Facebook at the heart of your mobile device.

*Requires Facebook app and is only available for the following devices: HTC One X and X+, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

Cover Feed: The Center of Facebook Home

From your lockscreen to your homescreen, Cover Feed keeps your Facebook Newsfeed just a tap away. To start, Facebook and Instagram pics are displayed as the backgrounds for your lock screen and home screen. With a tap, your homescreen transforms into a gigantic Facebook post. With another tap you can like and comment on a post or swipe to browse more posts. Background images can be viewed in full by tapping and holding the screen.

facebook home lockscreen Facebook Home: Notifications + Chat Heads

Those ever annoying Facebook notifications appear right over your home screen and disappear while browsing through posts. Notifications can be opened with a double tap or cleared with a quick swipe.

Chat Heads and Facebook Messenger

Most Facebook addicts will get a kick out of Facebook Home’s cover feed, but I’m enamoured with a new feature made for Facebook Messenger: chat heads.

When friends send you a message, a little circle with their profile pic will appear no matter what app you’re using (except Messenger). This is a chat head.

Facebook Home: Notifications + Chat Heads Facebook Home: Chat Heads

You can tap a chat head to reply to messages without leaving the app you’re already using. More chat heads appear as you message more people and remain on the screen until you delete them or close the Messenger app. Chat heads can be moved around the edges of your display when you’re not using them. When you’re done chatting you can drag a chat head to the bottom of the screen to delete it.

I really wish chat head was a feature for text messages without Facebook in the middle. It’s so simple and convenient. Unfortunately for Facebook, I rarely message my Facebook friends through Facebook. On the flip side, you don’t need Facebook Home to get chat heads – just Facebook Messenger.

Facebook Home App Launcher

Last – and least – is the Facebook app launcher. It’s similar to the android app drawer, but also let’s you post a status update, picture or check-in to Facebook. There’s a place to hold your favorite or most used apps or you can view all of your apps by swiping to the left. This is as good as it gets here.

Facebook Home: App Launcher Facebook Home: App Launcher

To access the app launcher, drag your chat head, located at the bottom of Facebook Home, up towards the ‘app’ option. Dragging your chat head left opens  Messenger. Drag to the right to open the last app you used. Unfortunately, there’s no way to customize these shortcuts.

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Facebook Home Experience

Beyond being as data hungry as Google and trying to find new ways to advertise, why did Facebook make Facebook Home? Well, it’s no secret that Facebook is focusing on being a mobile company. However, making mobile apps does not make you a mobile company. Facebook Home is a step beyond apps and a step closer to a an interesting and unique ecosystem. Is it the right move for Facebook? I don’t think so.

The design and execution of Facebook Home is great, but it’s not being applied to the right type of media. The content in my newsfeed is not the type of content I want to constantly see on my home screen. Performance wise the app is snappy, but super slow when switching out of a call to the home screen. Also, the app launcher won’t replace any android launcher you’re already using. It simply doesn’t compare to what’s on the android market.

Have you had a chance to play with Facebook Home? Are you keeping it or deleting it?

  • Jakia Perry

    The best info given yet sis hands down baby girl !!

  • Chantel

    The blog about a new app called Facebook home can be a positive or may come across as a negative I feel to some people. Its a good way to advertise the new app, trying to get people to download it to see how it works. Basically the Android home screen is replaced with a graphic version of the Facebook news feed that automatically flips through the latest happenings from your friends. Something for you as a person to think about when it comes to this new app for android phones is privacy as in who is going to be able to view a person’s Facebook home. Or once you install the app can Facebook see my every move if I keep the app open. Taking its going to be on the front of your screen and if your are going to need a password. For people that’s all ways on the go and loves to be on Facebook this would be a good app for the android phones and such people.

  • Luci

    Phones and computers already distract everyone from being present in the company of others separately, but together the device distracts people from real life and harms the brain from creating memories. More and more these days when kids “hangout” they’re really just sitting on their phones texting, tweeting, or another task on their phone. When they grow up and try and look back on their memories, they won’t remember any. reports show that as generations go one, kids get lazier and less motivated. For instance, there’s an ask Serie button that can tell you almost anything with the push of a button. This takes away from the knowledge thats gained from doing things without the instant internet. For example, it’s very difficult to come by people who understand and know directions very well because they don’t use maps or sign anymore just the GPS system. You can ask for great restaurants, but that takes away the experience of discovering new places and making memories. With this new Facebook home screen, people are going to lose touch of the personal relationships and lose the critical knowledge of being social and keeping an in person conversation.