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Thursday Poll: Going to Make Facebook Home Your Launcher of Choice?


So far, what I think is great on Facebook’s part is that they are not limiting this new experience to only those that buy an HTC First. Android users that currently own one of the five initially supported devices will be able to download Home from Google Play and immediately immerse themselves with status updates and pictures from friends. By taking this route, Facebook is truly trying to put this experience into the hands of as many people as possible. It may not seem that way yet, since the HTC First is an AT&T exclusive, but that was purely a business move.

With Home as your default launcher, you have the ability to access instant messages between friends no matter what you are doing on your device, look through your News Feed as soon as you unlock the device, and bookmark certain applications that you use more often than others. While Home does seem sort of like an extremely dignified widget, there are bound to be hundreds of thousands of users in no time at all.

Let us know down below if you plan on making Facebook’s Home your default launcher of choice. As a bonus, feel free to let us know why or why not in the comments section below. Personally, I am dying to hear everyone’s thoughts on this.

Going to switch over to Facebook Home as your launcher of choice?

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  • I don’t hate FaceBook, but I do NOT want to use their home replacement app. I prefer my custom home apps where I can set it up the way that I like it. I do use Facebook, but not THAT much. I don’t even want to download their recent update due to their overly intrusive permissions. For all you know, they may send an update that automatically makes FB Home ones default launcher……no thanks!

  • This is the biggest TROLL POLL ever put on the site. You know good’n goddam well how most of the users feel about FB, and how they flame/rant about it. This is inflamatory. Don’t bother posting any more comments about how the answers don’t fit your position – it is intentional.

    It’s also pretty funny, and I was chuckling at the dripping sarcasm thinly veiled in the blog post.

  • shehippie

    All I have to say is….HELL NO!

  • Vinson Peters

    I put no but I don’t hate Facebook. I barely use the app enough to even justify putting a Facebook launcher on my phone.

  • Rob

    I check facebook a few times a day, but I have no desire to install facebook home. Hell I dont even use facebook widgets, the app is good enough.

  • No, but I love Facebook, actually.

  • I would answer the poll like: “No, I’d rather stay with my current launcher.”

  • Dominic Puller

    Maybe it’s just me but is anyone else feeling that this is one of the most hideous phones they have ever seen? I think it really is ugly, while I love the functionality and the interface over android, the phone itself is an embaressment of design. This is my personal opinion, but how do you all feel about it?

  • thekoopakid

    Someone should make a “facebook home is a terrible idea” facebook page

  • Christopher Riner

    “Yes, immediately switching……1%”. If this surprises zuckerburg or anybody else then they’ve obviously underestimated how important home screens are for people. A Facebook home screen is like a clingy girlfriend. Too much in your personal space, too much of the time, and sooner or later you’re just gonna wanna leave that b¡tçh at IHOP.

    Thank god HTC didn’t bank on this to pull them out of the slums of Korea. I’ll take a “One” over a “First” any day.

  • MikeCiggy

    I want the chat heads feature minus everything else. Anyone??

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  • tutaina

    I just want to see someone using facebook home so i could spit in their face. You have to be the biggest loser if u install this bloatware

    • umataro42

      That seems extreme. If an average user gets the HTC First and its already loaded, chances are they won’t know that its something they can get rid of. There’s probably a lot of people out there that aren’t even aware launchers are a thing.

  • tutaina

    This is the only time where i have ever wished that apple sues another company.

  • Marsg

    I don’t understand how facebook has so many active users, every comment I have read on every site even on Huffington and Washington post seem to be negative. Maybe all those active users on facebook are just fake spam accounts.

  • jzwerlz43

    dont hate facebook, but would never take this over nova launcher. no way in hell

  • Futbolrunner

    I don’t even care enough to read the 10 posts made in the last day about it.

  • Claude Saint

    I will try it, mostly because of the way they did messaging.

  • Who, in their right mind, would use this? Who would replace their entire Android experience with one devoted to a single terrible social network?

  • kane

    Whether you do or don’t like FB, Did we need a press conference for this? And its not even available for another week?

  • JoeTi

    # No (But I do not HATE Facebook.)

  • Matthew Rose

    I might actually keep using FB if the app worked like this…rather then a home replacement, ugh

  • Bob Allen

    You know, I use my phone for things other than Facebook. This is something for teeny boppers and people who NEED a life!

  • Michael

    Honestly idk why no one is going to give this a chance. It looks cool. It’s definitely a cool alternative to what is currently out there. If nothing else maybe it’ll give some ideas to google on new ideas to do.

    • umataro42

      You should probably keep in mind that DL readers are more likely than the general populace to have phones that it doesn’t support, like the Nexus 4 or the Galaxy Nexus, and likely got such a phone for either for the stock experience or to flash a ROM, both of which make them less likely to use a Facebook launcher.

      That’s my reason, but the only “no” answer was “because I hate Facebook” so that’s how I voted.

      • Tim242

        Most DL readers are not Nexus users. Do you not read the comments? Most have the phoned that it is being released for. Not that it will ever find a home on my Note 2!

        • Liderc

          What? lol, have you ever seen the polls asking what phone we have here? The majority have a Nexus device, it was a good 70% that had the Galaxy Nexus until the Nexus 4 came out, now that percentage has been split between the two.

          • Tim242

            More people on here have Note 2’s than Nexus 4’s. You forget that most users here are Verizon users. Then a large portion have GS3’s and motos.

        • umataro42

          I didn’t write that most DL readers are Nexus users. Maybe I didn’t phrase it well but I was trying to say there is likely a higher percent of DL users who have a Nexus phone compared to the general Android phone owning populace. Hypothetical Example: if out of everyone, maybe 5% own a Nexus, then among DL readers it could be more like 25%. I don’t have any actual data to back this up though, its just speculation on my part based on the fact that DL features a custom ROM every Friday and often has articles about Mods, and other things that require root, and I stand by it.

          • Tim242

            Since when does a custom ROM require a Nexus? I have owned about 10 Android phones, only one of them being a Nexus. I have rooted and put custom ROM’s on every one of them. Currently, I have a Verizon Note 2 running JellyBeans ROM. This was the featured ROM a few weeks back on Custom ROM Friday

          • umataro42

            You seem to be reading more into my comment than what I’m actually saying. I just meant that since Nexus devices are generally easier to unlock and root, and DL often has articles that cater to unlocked and rooted users so it seemed safe to assume that a good number of DL readers are Nexus owners. I also think its safe to say that more Nexus owners would have unlocked and rooted their phones than GS3 or Note owners, partly because those 2 are more generally popular and the Nexus line is more popular with people who want something they can easily unlock and root. Again, no facts to back this up, just speculation.

          • Tim242

            That is true to an extent. The thing to remember is that Nexus phones generally have limited carrier availability. Also, this is a Verizon centric site. Samsung phones are very easy to unlock. I got my Note 2 on launch day (Nov.29th). It was unlocked fully within a month. The S3 was even quicker than that. So while DL has a higher Nexus user base than the general public, it isn’t a majority or even close. Samsung phones are about as good as a Nexus for ROM’s.

          • umataro42

            I was thinking a combination of the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Nexus, which is the only Nexus phone Verizon has had (and ever will from the looks of it) and is also a Samsung, but you’re probably right about there being more GS3 owners than Galaxy Nexus since it had better specs and a slightly bigger screen.

  • Michael Quinlan

    I can’t even drum up the desire to give Facebook a try, much less some overblown home screen that assumes my existence is centered around Facebook. We really need to start calling these things what they are: antisocial networks. They suck people away from their real world relationships into an electronic world of imaginary friends and lives.

    • Liderc

      Kind of like the comments section on a phone website…

  • Nicholassss

    We’ve been working so long to get away from stuff like this, give me vanilla.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Facebook should not even be mentioned on this site, the numbers don’t lie. 🙂

  • fgonzo98

    What better way to give Facebook access to ALL your personal information? No thanks…

  • Bionic

    Is this going to take up the whole droid life show too?

    • Tim242

      Hahaha probably so.

  • Dorian Brooks


  • Douch E Bagg

    I am looking forward to another 8 articles about the Facebook Home thing. Keep ’em coming!!

    • Tim242

      When it rains, it pours!

  • rosssimpson

    I’ll probably stick with it if I use it after testing it out, although I do like my customisation a lot, just the pictures on my newsfeed are far more obscene and low quality than those portrayed in the example’s facebook provided. lol

  • Doan

    I’m obligated to play with it, but I’m certain I won’t stick with it.

  • EvanTheGamer

    “I will at least give it a try.”

    • Tim242

      I’m sure you will. I can see you as someone who spends all day on Facebook.

      • EvanTheGamer

        No, I do not spend all day on Facebook…that is because I spend all day on Twitter. 😉

  • Why would anyone want pictures of food on their home screen?

  • Brian

    Oh please. You have to try it before you can legitimately claim it sucks.

    ITT: Deluded people.

    • umataro42

      I can make an educated guess based on the performance of the Facebook app, which I also don’t use because I find just going to the mobile website to be a better experience and less of a resource hog (it still runs in the background even if I have it set to never refresh on its own).

      Also, there wasn’t a “No, because its not supported on my device and I don’t want to bother with a sideload.” option.

    • Tim242

      Not everything applies to your logic. I can think of something immediately that I’ve never tried…and don’t need to try it to know it would suck. For a hint, see my avatar.

  • Microsoftjunkie

    Definitely not, since i have a better Facebook Home or any social site as a “home” on my wp8.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Hell to the naw!

  • Tyler Casilio

    Tim, I’m not gonna beat around the bizzush, okay. I don’t like Facebook. It’s stupid, what most people post is stupid, and it’s just plain dumb. This Launcher is just taking away from what these phones have and what made them the best at one point. This is just gonna open a can of social phones, or launchers. It’s unnecessary. They all have an app that ALL need work. Not one of the social media apps are amazing or even great. I got a better idea. You wanna see what your BFF is doing right meow on
    your phone, well here’s an idea. Since your already on your phone, why
    don’t you just, I dunno, call them. Especially after they just posted
    that they want to do something and you were just about to write back
    “okay” you could just actually talk on the phone. Maybe?
    I love smartphones Tim, and this isn’t a smartphone. This is an abomination of a smartphone. It’s an app that became a launcher.

  • Denvertoad

    Enough of the Facebook coverage already. Hasn’t Samsung done something you can cover? ROM Friday??

    • Dorian Brooks

      Preach on. I’d take a Huawei story right now.

      • Tim242


      • EC8CH

        this is funny

  • Dylan Patel

    Ignore this comment I am stupid.

  • umataro42

    I went with No, but I don’t hate Facebook, its good for keeping in touch with family and friends that I don’t get to see in person that often.

    But I will say I hate their app, so I probably wouldn’t like Facebook Home either. I just use the mobile website if I’m on my phone and have a shortcut to the bookmark.

    My full answer would be “no, even if it was available for my phone, but its not anyway”.

  • Brian_2112

    I’ve seen five different polls (including this one) about Facebook Home…in every one of them, the majority says they won’t use it. Makes you wonder how many of those people will actually try it and maybe even like it…it’s a long shot, but I know there’s at least a few hypocrites out there. :p

    Seriously, I like using Facebook, it works well for what I do. I’m not about to centralize my smartphone experience around it, though. A 4×2 widget is enough for me, thank you very much. My S II has enough clutter on the homescreen as it is.

  • I will personally defenestrate any phone that I see running this crap.

    And yes, that means YOUR phone.

  • How about, “No, the Facebook app is enough for me.”? I don’t hate facebook but I’m definitely not going to use the launcher.

  • Russ

    OMG! If I hear Facebook Home one more time today I’m going to throw my chair through the window.

    • Tim242

      It’s too late for my window. This one drove me over the edge.

  • Joshua Percell

    No. The only reason I still use Facebook is that my girlfriend uses it.

  • Dan

    I don’t even use the FB widget, so why would I use it as my launcher. Pass, I find facebook feeds atrocious and intrusive. Making that the center of my attention seems trivial and wasteful when there are so many other more important new feeds I’d rather pay attention too.

  • Lars Callahan

    Looking for my polling answer: Aw, HELL no!

    Please add to poll options. Thx.

  • Bionic

    next up, the Tumblr phone, so 15 year old girls can self shot their boobs and send those pics to everyone at high school easily.


      Or like some other guy said yesterday, imagine a reddit phone. Karma Whoring galore

  • Tsabhira

    Android is supposed to be about culling this sort of crap from my phone, not turning it into its core. So…. nopes! Not a chance in hell.

  • Tony Byatt

    There are probably going to be ads all over this thing…PASS…


    Well I HATE Facebook, and everything it stands for. Facebook is a great example of a wolf in sheep’s skin.

    • Bionic

      sheep skin condoms are the bomb


        Blister much?

        • Bionic

          im kidding, condoms suck, bareback is where its at

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Famous words from Patient Zero 😀

          • Bionic



      What exactly do you hate?


        Exploitation of people’s trust, borderline illegal data collection. Using people’s need to socialize, as a tool to harvest valuable private data. Need I say more???

        • ace

          Completely agree.

        • ERIC REED

          If I hated every company that collects data on me and gives some of it away I would be without auto, home and health insurance. Wouldn’t have cable or cell phone service and wouldn’t use the Internet at all.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Facebook is the largest offender by a margin. If you are not aware of this, maybe you should do some research.

          • ERIC REED

            So doing it less makes it okay?

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            To an extent, yes. Also, straight forward privacy policies is a good idea. Have you read Facebook’s privacy policy lately?

          • ERIC REED

            I will admit to never reading these policies, I hit accept and go about what I’m doing. But the selling of our information is despicable, no matter the amount sold. Major corporations are permitted to do so, it’s the laws that the lobbyist have been permitted to push through!

          • NIGHTSCOUT


          • ERIC REED
      • Its User Interface.

  • Liderc

    Of course not, but do I think it’s a bad idea? No. It has its purpose and it’ll find its audience, which is young teens.

    • Bionic

      its funny, when i was a young teen i was playing baseball and getting my first handjob, then blowwjob, not playing with a phone, lmao


        Facebook+sexting= teen orgasm

        • Bionic


      • Liderc

        Teens use phones now, like all of us, teens just also spend a lot of time on facebook as well. My father fished when he was a teen, and hunted, I spent my time building computers and playing video games. Time changes things, you aren’t special. The X phone isn’t real.

        • Bionic

          really dude? really?

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Dang, that last sentence made my jaw drop….You sir, are an ashole 😀

        • Dr_Buttballs

          Last sentence made the comment. Well done.

      • umataro42

        that’s some impressive flexibility.

      • rosssimpson

        I’m sure your dad wasnt playing on a smartphone when you were a teen though…. times change buddy

  • Guest

    Seriously. That picture looks like an iPhone. If you don’t see it then I don’t know what’s up with your eyes.

    • Bionic

      we agree on something

      • Austin Warren

        Looks like disqus screwed up. But I am glad that we do.

        • Bionic


  • Bionic

    Poll fail. you need an option that says “no, the app is all the facebook i need” the only “no” option you gave people is “i hate facebook”

    Its like saying “are you going to make this girl your sexual partner of choice?” and the only no option is “no i hate females”

    just saying

    • umataro42

      I’d make it “No, the app or mobile site is all the Facebook I need”. I’ve found the app to be more trouble than it’s worth, and the launcher looks to be more integrated, so I imagine it would be much much worse.

    • mustbepbs

      I thought it was a fitting poll option.

  • zeiroe

    The main thing that is going to test my patience with Facebook Home is: How well can I use Google Now with it. From the livestream, it doesn’t look very promising.

  • Austin Warren

    Need an option like “Facebook is like herpes. Nobody wants it.”

    • Downvoted, just because you’re the downvote queen of DL.

      • Austin Warren

        I know right? I enjoy it. Bring em on! Let’s see if I can break a record.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          I was that way with reddit karma, before quitting altogether. Reddit has turned into Sodom and Gomorrah. Except instead of pedophiles and rapists, there’s karma whores.

  • LionStone

    Not interested…don’t even have the FB app on my phone anymore. But every time HTC gets mentioned, it will only bring more attention and awareness to them…leading to more sales, which should keep them going on their comeback.

  • I won’t be using it for the same reason I won’t use Angry Birds as my launcher.

  • saimin

    I would rather have Google Reader as a home screen launcher


  • Daniel

    No way! I’m VERY happy with ADW EX on my device and would feel much to limited in customization using a simplified launcher like this that’s basically letting FB take over your phone and target ads to you right on your lock/homescreens.

    • Clay S.

      ADW? stuck in 2009 i assume.

      • Joshua Percell

        Or maybe his device doesn’t support one of the newer launchers.

      • Brian

        ADW was recently updated and is still light weight (for me, uses less battery than Nova or Apex), feature-rich without being preposterously bloated with tacky, unnecessary bells and whistles… It’s still the best in my book.

        But I’m curious, and will definitely DL the FB launcher and see what Better Battery Stats has to say about it after a couple days.

  • Trevor

    I don’t necessarily hate Bookface (though I wish everyone would just use Google+), but I give a big HELLS NO to using their launcher.

  • Sara Frey

    It doesn’t even support widgets. Laughable.

    • Marsg

      Facebook home is just one giant annoying widget.

  • NemaCystX

    This is just Facebooks attempt at getting more data out of you when your not posting to Facebook. If you thought your data was unsafe when Carrier IQ was involved, Facebook Home is probably worse since it gets system level access

  • CaptainHowdy13

    While I do like that launchers are getting support by bigger companies, I have no need to immerse myself in so much Facebook.

  • I need a “NO WAY, but it’s not because I hate Facebook, it’s because this is a horrible launcher” option. But I voted the current “No Way” one anyways…

  • dhirensavalia

    I don’t hate Facebook; however, I do not use Facebook enough to need something like Facebook Home.

    • Beezey

      The poll should’ve had a regular “No” answer.

      • Flyinion

        Definitely. I use FB but will not use the launcher. Ever. I’m totally happy with Nova. I don’t want FB exploded all over my phone when I’m not using it.

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        just before I saw the bank draft which said $8016, I didn‘t believe …that…my friends brother could realey making money parttime from there

        pretty old laptop.. there uncles cousin has done this for less than 18 months and by now repaid the dept on their house and bought a brand new Mercedes. we looked here, . http://www.GoogleProjects2013now.qr.net/kg1x

    • j__h

      The person who makes the polls for Droid-life needs to stop adding commentary to the poll answers. Yes, No, Maybe (or something similar) is much better.

    • There should’ve been a “I would try it out, but my phone isn’t supported” option… :/

      • angermeans

        Hell, it’s Android. I would bet every phone will be supported soon thanks to the great devs

        • Formerly Known As Mousecop

          You clearly don’t own a Thunderbolt or EVO 4G

      • michael arazan

        Thank You FaceBook for not supporting my Nexus, first time ever I didn’t want support for Nexus

    • Agreed – the poll questions are biased and insulting. I don’t hate Facebook but I also don’t want it as my launcher.

      • chihova

        How is it insulting?

    • +1.

  • I’ll give it a try for a few minutes and see how bad it is. I expect it to need a lot more work to become a daily driver so we’ll see.

  • Inquizitor

    I’ll give it a try. Don’t get why some people are so extremely against facebook. Their extensive control of your data and less-than-stellar privacy record isn’t too different from Google.

    • Pedro

      I think the difference is that FB wants to sell your data for cash, whereas Google wants to use your data for internal use only. FB can’t really use what they know. They have to sell it to someone. Google gives you Now, Maps, GMail, etc. to enhance your life, while sending you a few targeted ads.
      The devil you know vs the devil you don’t.

      • Actually, the difference for me is Google benefits me directly by sharing my data with them, and facebook does not.

  • First!

    • mgamerz

      Please die in a fire.

      • Considering that this is somewhat related to the htc first i dont find it all that annoying lol

    • ZzZzZzZ

      Congratulations!! Take your dime and get the hell out of here!!

    • calculatorwatch

      Strange that that’s only the second time I’ve seen that on a post about the HTC First and it’s already gotten old.