Facebook Home now available in Google Play, US-only right now


As promised, Facebook has released Facebook Home in Google Play Store just now. Currently supported only on select devices, Facebook Home can be downloaded from here. As, it is rolling-out slowly, it might take some time to appear on your phone.

Update: Turns out Facebook Home is only available in United States at launch, as Facebook notes in the help documentation of Facebook Home. Facebook Home US Only

Facebook Home Cover Feed and Chat Heads

According to Facebook, Facebook Home is compatible with HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II, and more devices will be added in the upcoming weeks.

What is Facebook Home?

Facebook Book is a home-screen replacement application or in simpler words ‘a launcher’ for your Android phone. It replaces your existing launcher – whether it is HTC Sense or Samsung Touchwiz – with a Facebook-centric UI.

Facebook Home includes some key features like Cover Feed, Chat Heads, Notifications and App launcher.

Here is how Facebook describes each section of Facebook Home:

  • Cover feed: Glance at your phone for photos and posts from your Facebook News Feed.
  • Chat heads: Send and receive texts and Facebook messages in one place. Open, close and drag chat heads around your screen to keep chatting while you’re using other apps.
  • Notifications: See news as it happens with bigger, bolder notifications on your home screen.
  • App launcher: Get right to your favorite apps and post to Facebook from the same place.

How to get Facebook Home?Facebook Home in Google Play

Similar to any other Android app, Facebook Home is available in Google Play. If you are using the latest version of Official Facebook app (which is also a requirement for Facebook Home), the app will notify you about the availability of Facebook Home and if you want you can install it. You will also need the latest version of Facebook Messenger app on your Android phone to run Facebook Home.

Or, you can directly go to Google Play and download Facebook Home on your Android phone.Facebook Home

After you have installed Facebook Home on your phone, the next time you will press “Home” button on your phone, Android will ask whether you want to use Facebook Home or your existing launcher. you can choose Facebook Home and start using it.

Why can’t I install Facebook Home on my Android phone/ tablet?

Probably because it is not currently supported for your phone and as far as tablets are concerned – the tablet-specific version of Facebook Home will be released in the coming months.

Are there any Android phones that will come with Facebook Home pre-installed?

Yes, HTC is launching its HTC First Android phone with Facebook Home today in United States. It will later be released in France and UK, there is currently no word on the launch in other regions. Sony, Samsung, Huawei and a bunch of other companies are also reportedly working on Facebook Home devices.

If you have installed Facebook Home on your Android phone, do let us know about the experience in comments.


Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav Shukla is the editor of AndroidOS.in. If you'd like to reach him, drop an email at 'gaurav@androidos.in' or connect with him on Twitter (@gauravshukla).

6 thoughts on “Facebook Home now available in Google Play, US-only right now

    aditya sengar

    (June 22, 2017 - 7:27 am)

    Device not supported for fb home

    profman87

    (April 12, 2013 - 10:42 pm)

    The link, it does not work.

      Gaurav Shukla

      (April 12, 2013 - 10:48 pm)

      if the Facebook Home Google Play link is not working for you, be patient, it is rolling-out slowly.

    arnav

    (April 12, 2013 - 10:39 pm)

    fb home very bad.. too much UI content..

      steven

      (April 12, 2013 - 11:31 pm)

      I’m from the UK. When is the facebook home app being released in the UK because when I click the link it says Not available in your country

        Gaurav Shukla

        (April 12, 2013 - 11:34 pm)

        @Steven Nothing official right now, probably in the next few weeks.

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