Facebook Home: 7 Things You Need to Know
People already spend nearly 25 percent of their time checking Facebook on their phones, but Facebook Home hopes to take the mobile social networking experience to the next level. This home screen, lock screen and app launcher replacement for Android puts your friends front and center, delivering updates and messages and cool new ways to interact with your device. Here are seven things you need to know about Facebook Home.
You don't need to swipe or perform a gesture to view the content, as it's loaded in the background while your phone sleeps and automatically slides from story to story. And to give some context on status updates, the friend's cover photo is display behind that update. Facebook Home users can double-tap right from their cover feed to like a story or photo, or they can comment directly. When you're done making a comment, simply swipe away and you'll return to the main interface.
Facebook Home makes it possible to switch between multiple messages within apps, too. Multiple bubbles will appear on the screen, and users can collapse into a pile on the side of your display so they don't take up room. When you're done with a conversation, you can simply throw the head away at the bottom of the display. The heads follow you from app to app, and even if another message comes through you can tap on heads to switch between the two conversations.
An in-line composer within the app launcher lets you post a status, take a photo or check in at a location, so you don't even have to exit out of the app launcher to complete tasks.
How to Get It
Facebook makes it pretty easy to get Facebook Home. All you have to do is make sure your Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps are the most recent versions on Android. Then an Install page will take you into Google Play. After selecting Facebook > Always, Facebook Home will launch and automatically be your skin.
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