Facebook has announced all sorts of goodies today, from their new Home launcher to the HTC First (aka Facebook Phone). We’ll continue to bring you coverage throughout the day, including the hands-on time that Tim is on the scene getting at the moment. As he works on preparing that for us all, we thought we’d share a couple of videos that AT&T just posted to quickly recap some of the new features that are included with Home.
They show you how Cover feed works, a feature that is a constantly up-to-date as a fresh stream of photos and activities from your friends’ newsfeeds. They also talk notifications and how you can group them together after viewing or interacting to quickly hide them away. Last, they show off Chat heads, which is like an multi-tasking chat application and ongoing conversation list that floats over the top of your current activity so that you aren’t interrupted.
- Cover feed: A constant, fresh stream of photos and updates from your newsfeed, cover feed is always present when you wake up your phone. It lets you stay up-to-date on your friends’ latest activities in real-time, all the time. You can swipe through to see more photos and updates, double tap to “like” a post and comment right from cover feed. To learn more about cover feed, check out this video.
- Notifications: Notifications from apps and friends appear right on your home screen. It’s easier to see when you have a missed call, calendar reminder or new message. Open a notification with a double tap or clear them away to see your Cover Feed. To learn more about notifications, check out this video.
- Chat Heads: The mobile messenger lets you jump in and out of conversations while you do other things, like watch a video and browse the web. Reply right from chat heads, or move them around if you’re not ready to respond. Plus you can send and receive texts and Facebook messages from the same spot. To learn more about chat heads, check out this video.
- App Launcher: See your favorite apps and post right to Facebook from the same spot. You choose what’s on your app launcher—press and hold an app then drag it anywhere.
- Instagram: HTC First is the only phone that comes with Instagram pre-loaded.