Facebook has just announced its new app for Android called Facebook Home. Unlike typical smartphone apps Facebook Home takes over the lock screen, the homescreen, notification and the app luncher. It reinvents the UI for Android and in Facebook words, 'puts people first'. Or in other peoples words puts Facebook first on Google, HTC and Samsung devices.
From the brief view this looks like it will be a hit. Unlike many others who could re-write the Android UI, Facebook are in a strong position to make it a great success. They have a huge mobile user base coupled with masses of content, if anyone can pull off this heist of Android users, they can. The investment looks sound and it will be interesting to see how the stock price moves.
Only trying it will really tell, those with newer more powerful Android phones will get their hands on this April 12 in USA and "in a few months" in Europe.
At the same time HTC announced a new device called HTC First which is built for Facebook Home. This releases on April 12 in USA only on AT&T and is available for preorders now at a price of $99.
This is what you see when you turn on your phone. Facebook call it "Coverflow" and you can see a "Chathead" with 1 message.
Clicking on the "Chathead" lets you read and send messages which are Facebook messages or SMS.
Holding your finger down on your own face brings up the menu which includes Facebook App Launcher.
This is Facebook App Launcher for your Android device.
HTC First will be available in 4 colours which their CEO seem very proud of - so they can do coloured plastic?