If you love Facebook, or you have a Facebook account and are curious what all the buzz is about, now is the time to install Facebook Home. The new app from Facebook is actually a family of experiences that includes a new lock screen and home screen called Cover Feed, a new app launcher, and a new messenger feature called Chat Heads.
For the initial launch of Facebook Home, only a handful of Android devices are supported. Facebook Home is also only available in the United States at launch. However, Facebook has committed to updating the app on a monthly basis and more devices and countries will be added soon. Facebook Home will be available for Android tablets in "several months."
Facebook Home supported devices include:
- HTC One X
- HTC One X+
- HTC One
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- Samsung Galaxy S 4
When you first open Facebook Home, it will prompt you if you want to make it your default home screen. You can select always or pick only once to just test it out. If you do select Facebook Home as your default home screen and later want to turn it off, just open up the Home Settings app and select "Turn off Facebook Home."
I’m not a huge Facebook user, but I have an account and I check it on a weekly basis. My gut tells me I’m going to miss my normal home screen, but I plan to try out Facebook Home for a couple days to see how the experience feels.
And if you do try it and hate it, remember this is a Version 1.0 release. Facebook will be listening to user feedback to improve the app and add new features, so share your complaints in the comments below.