Facebook Home hits 500,000 downloads
“I tried it, and to be honest, it just was too much,” said user Nathan Watrous in a pretty representative review. “I would like it better if it was just the lock screen, but it gets annoying. Plus, it hid most of my other apps (namely Google ones lol).”
Those who take the time to review apps are obviously not representative of the millions of people who use Android phones, and roughly 2 per cent of users have reviewed Home. Many one-star reviews echo Lee Milstein, who says, “Cool way to use Facebook, but with no support for my other widgets, it limits my phone. If I wanted a single company to take over my homescreen appearance, I could use an iPhone.” Miaow! Saucer of milk for table two!
That’s the main problem — you’re swapping all your widgets for one super-widget. You’ve got toreally love Facebook for that to be a good trade-off. But to its credit, it does make your friends’ cover photos and links look terrific.
“It’s just exactly what I want,” says Caleb Longoria in his five-star review. “A simple, smooth, bubbly kind of home launcher. Don’t need widgets… but I would love to see folders in the future, and maybe custom short cuts on the lock screen.”
Facebook Home is available for the HTC One, One X, and Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2, as well as the HTC First, which comes with Home preinstalled, but isn’t out until this summer in the UK. Watch our hands-on video to see it in action…