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Video: This is Why Facebook Home Sucks, at Least for Now

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I know this may be hard to believe, but I actually did find some time to spend with Facebook Home over the last 24 hours. As someone who self-admittedly is far from a lover of the social network, I still felt it necessary to give it a shot as the release is a bold move by Facebook in general as it relates to Android. This isn’t a fork, but it’s Facebook telling you that you should live and breath Facebook at all times, especially on your phone. The rest of what you know as a phone is not as important as the status update of your least favorite classmate from 11th grade Biology – at least to Facebook.

So what do I think? Boy, does it need a lot of work. The video below sums it up nicely. 

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  • hello

    first impressions on fb home from this video: this sounds like a quick hack. i like the idea of a launcher for facebook (especially a big plus if it’s faster to access facebook than the fb app). however, they should probably get a couple more people to work on the design and do some more testing with real users, from the tech savvy crowd who is in touch with the latest gestures and the non tech savvy folks too.

  • karl

    The chat heads suck always in the way

  • Why were those apps laid out in that weird order. My OCD is tingling…

  • Using it as my lock screen with Nova as my home screen. It’s bomb. Because Google and Facebook are often at odds with each other, it’s understandable why it gets so much hate, but it doesn’t deserve it. Facebook is showing the average consumer how diverse and customizable android can be, and that’s a good thing no matter how you slice it.

  • ObviousNinja2

    For a boy genius like Mark Z. This is a stupid app. Chatheads is the only thing that is cool

  • the only reason i didnt try it is because of those pictures people “like” saying “ignore if you like hitler” etc…. it looks like it still shows up as the lock screen, although i cant confirm that because i cannot watch the whole video.

  • ToddAwesome

    The worst part of this video….the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • dgarra

    So it’s version 1.0 software, shocker.

  • ronandersonjr

    Glad you put it on your phone and not my phone.

  • bionicwaffle

    Wow! I’m glad FB Messenger has ChatHeads. I can’t believe how bad Home is. No widgets, no folders, no easy access to phone or camera…what was Facebook thinking?!?!?!?

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    You forgot one of the biggest issues.


  • gothickah0

    they still need to improve the launcher if they planning to attract android user

  • solmssen

    I’m running it on my Galaxy Nexus running AOKP and I don’t mind it. I let it set itself as the default Launcher, but used the AOKP settings to change the Home button itself to Nova Launcher and long-press for FB Home. It actually works quite well, and gives me the best of both worlds.

  • TylerChappell

    The first 60 seconds of this video is useless babble. =[

    • SenseOffender

      I thought i was being picky, so I’m glad you mentioned it. The mere fact he kept scrolling back and forth over the same tow pages said it all.


    It’s the largest aggregation of private data, and you people are dumb enough to let facebook do this to you???

  • caoscorp

    the worst launcher ever…

  • You could always run glovebox launcher over top of home and have a quick launch menu for phone calls and camera.

  • Chris Stuart

    Home works great a small a lockscreen though. If they make it where you can change the shortcuts it would be perfect.

  • flosserelli

    Kellex, now that you got that out of your system, can DL focus on something other than facebook?

  • ßen Murphy

    HTC is funny. This phone was announced like a week ago and it’s already released. Where’s that HTC One?

  • Totally agree! I spent 10 minutes with Facebook Home and uninstalled it to get my phone back. I am a Facebook user, but I’ll admit, I’m not a custom launcher user.

  • Sam Johnson

    I’ve been using it since release and am going to keep trying for a few more days. I quite like the design and feel, but it is very limiting.

    I’ve managed to limit what appears on the feed by going through my friends and setting which ones I actually want to appear on the news feed.