Facebook Home: Is It Worth Making Your Home?

Are you one of those people who keep checking Facebook every hour and still can’t get enough of it? Well, in that case here is a good news for you. Facebook recently launched an app called Facebook Home for select Android phones, which makes it the center of your phone experience.

It will not be an exaggeration if I call Facebook Home an operating system disguised as an app. It converts your phone’s home screen into Facebook news feed. Facebook calls it Cover Feed. So you see your friends’ photos, status updates, links, etc. as soon as you unlock the phone. You can swipe to see more and more posts and double-tap to like and comment on those posts. You receive Facebook and other phone notifications on the screen too.

The other major feature of Facebook Home is Chatheads. Chatheads are round, thumbnail size profile pictures of your friends which pop up on your screen as soon as someone pings you. This feature merges your phone’s native SMS service with Facebook conversations. It allows you to have conversations even when you are using other applications, but you can also hide the Chatheads in the background if you want to.

Facebook Home hopes to make Facebook an integral part of your life. Though it seems pretty impressive on the face of it, many users are not impressed. The major complaint against it is that it drains your phone’s battery very fast. It also sends your other apps in the background and thus makes you take few extra steps to access them. If you install the app, the first thing that you will see after you get up, before you go to bed and also every time you unlock your phone is Facebook. Are you ready to see so much of Facebook in your life? Do you really want to see a random picture or a status update from friends who may not even be close to you every time you unlock your phone?

Facebook Home is currently available only for HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II. But as we go forward, Facebook will make it available for more and more android devices. It will also hopefully take the feedback into account and try to tweak the app to address the complaints in future updates. If you already have tried the app, let me know what you think in the comments.

-By Tejas Harad

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