Facebook announced “Home” today. I’m not going to go into too many details, you can read a lot of reviews about it elsewhere. It replaces your launcher and your home screen to focus on Facebook content and messaging.
A few thoughts and questions I haven’t been able to find the answers to yet:
- Because Facebook takes over the home screen and launcher, that means no more widgets on the homescreen. Hm. Wonder if heavy android users will cry about that considering how much grief iOS is given over that.
- There is no camera shortcut from the home screen. Android and iOS phones have a swipe to open the camera from the lock screen for when you really want to take a picture quickly. Strange that Facebook – which is photo sharing focused – didn’t think about this. In “Home” you have to push a button to unlock, open apps, find the camera app in your app dock and then open it. Yikes.
- What happens if you buy the “facebook phone” The HTC First and uninstall the Facebook launcher. Is it running stock Android under there? That would be a nice $99
Nexusstock android device…
- Why isnt Facebook Home software compatible with the Nexus line? According to Facebook it will only work on new devices, specifically: he Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One, HTC One X, and HTC One X+. Presumably because they run the latest version of Android. So why is the Nexus not on that list?