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The Facebook Home promo, released yesterday
First of all, the new Facebook phone is not a phone. It's a "skin"—a series of apps—called Facebook Home that you can download onto your Android (sorry iPhone users), and it will essentially allow Facebook to take over your life. "Our phones today are designed around apps, not people. We want to flip that around," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday. Below, everything you need to know about it, per FastCompany and Mashable:
· Facebook Home will give your mobile "a total Facebook makeover," meaning that both your lock and home screens will become slideshows of photos and status updates from your Facebook feed.
· It's free.
· It will be available for some devices in the Android app store in about a week (official release date is April 12). The first crop of compatible phones are the HTC One and One X, and the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Note II—so, as Gizmodo points out, "if your phone is more than a year old, no Facebook Home for you."
· It's separate from your Facebook app.
· One feature Facebook is especially excited about it called chat heads. Mashable explains: "People you're interacting with via Facebook Messenger appear as pop-up heads on the margin as opposed to intrusive notifications. You also don't have to leave the app you're in to respond."
· The tablet version is still a few months out.
Take a look at the promo above for an idea of how your home screen will look in the Facebook Home era, and here's hoping your Android has some megawatt battery power.
· Facebook Introduces Home [FastCompany]
· Mark Zuckerberg Reveals 'Facebook Home' for Android [Mashable]