TWALKITOUT: Facebook introduced Facebook Home on Thursday, a new home screen for your Android phone that integrates the Facebook experience into other functions on your device.
We had the opportunity to spend a little time with Facebook Home following Facebook’s event running on both the HTC First –- a phone that will come with Facebook Home pre-installed – as well as the Galaxy Note II, which had Facebook Home installed from Google Play.
The experience on both devices was exceptionally similar — so similar in fact that we couldn’t tell any real difference between the two.
A New Homescreen
The phone’s home screen, called Cover Feed, displays a constant stream of your friend’s status messages, and uploaded photos. For messages posted without a picture, Cover Feed will pull in your friend’s Cover Photo to use as the backdrop.
At launch those message will not contain ads, but Facebook mentioned at Thursday’s event that ads will eventually be included in the mix. Though likely a battery hog, the feature is pretty slick.
Tapping on something in Cover Feed brings you into an experience not unlike your traditional Facebook experience. Double tapping on the screen allows you to like a photo, bringing up a nice thumbs-up icon on the screen and a popping sound effect in the process.
Buttons at the bottom of the screen allow you to also leave comments on those photos.Traditional notifications are supported as well, and show up in the center of the screen. Swiping a notification dismisses it, while tapping on it will launch the app.
One awkward note: currently there’s no way to disable a specific friend from showing up in the Cover Feed display. Facebook uses an algorithm to determine what photos show, so you won’t see everything. But if you’re friends with someone who often takes less-than-desirable pictures, you run the risk of those pictures showing up –- in large form –- when you least expect them.
(source: Mashable )
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