Saturday 6 April 2013

Facebook Home for Android and Smartphones!

Facebook unveils Home, "which is not a phone or operating system, but is an application", explains the social network. It is an overlay for Android that puts in the heart of the social network phone. The outline of Home had leaked in recent days. This overlay for Android & Smartphone built by HTC is not a surprise. Facebook Home will be available on Google Play, from April 12, as a single application. Once installed, Facebook Home strongly modifies the Android user experience, replacing the lock screen and home screen. In place of these items are listed "cover feed," a single window that displays the latest activities of your friends on the network. Like the new News Feed presented a month ago, the focus is on the photos with images that fill the entire screen. You can scroll to see the feed cover various activities and if you want to "Like" an item, just do double tap it. For larger notifications, as a message from one of your friends on your timeline, the message is displayed with the profile photo of your friend messaged.

A tap on the photo opens the notification; it is also possible to hide. Facebook Home provides access to instant messaging wherever you are. When receiving a message on Facebook, the photo of the friend behind the message over the application in use. Applications other than those signed by Facebook are of course available from a launcher. Facebook Home will be compatible at its output with a handful of high-end devices: HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X +, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II.

The social network announced that other Smartphones will support the overlay in the coming months. Mark Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook Home Program, a program for mobile manufacturers to support the overlay social network. HTC of course subscribe to this program, and there are also Samsung, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo, Huawei and Alcatel One Touch as manufacturers. It is not clear at this time whether these companies will release a Smartphone with Facebook Home preinstalled or allow the installation of the software on their products.

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