Facebook Home launches on Android, but to everyone's bemusement
For the millionth time this month, Facebook have tinkered more than Claudio Ranieri in a bid to work out ways of making their awful social network engage people again. And so, we've now got Facebook Home, which has taken over the homescreens of some Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note 2. It'll take over some HTC handsets too, but no-one uses them anymore.
The HTC First is the dedicated phone with Facebook Home built-in, and basically, Facebook will replace users' homescreens which Mark Zuckerberg foolishly claimed that this new strategy was "mobile best" rather than "mobile first".
Ostensibly, what happens with Facebook Home, is that you'll have a phone that will have a "constant stream of photos and updates from friends that is always available at a glance", as well as more prominent notifications and a messaging (with an emoji/emoticon heavy feature called 'Chat Heads'). Basically, the whole things sounds like a nightmare.
Naturally, this being Facebook, this is wholly about revenue and Zuckerberg admitted that adverts would be a key feature to this new homescreen.
If you don't have a Facebook account, then these phones are nothing more than fancy bricks to you, and with users dropping away from the network, it'll be interesting to see how these Facebook phones work.