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Matias Duarte Impressed With Facebook Home, Says it Shows a Lot of Polish


News hit the web today that Matias Duarte, the one and only Android design chief at Google, expressed his feelings on Facebook’s Home application, saying the app shows, “an incredible amount of polish.” 

While it is quite obvious Facebook spent a lot of time working on this application, it was not completely apparent how Google felt about it. That was until Eric Schmidt voiced his feelings about Home, saying that this is what open source is all about and that he loves it. For the most part, Matias shares Schmidt’s feelings about Home and had this to say to ABC News:

The new Facebook Home shows an incredible amount of polish and attention to design detail, and that didn’t come from a hardware manufacturer. With the Home experience, they did a nice job expressing the Facebook experience, but so much of the Google design experience with Ice Cream Sandwich was in there as well.

Google has always been one to give credit where credit is due, so this is no shocker. As unusable as I find Home, it is well made, so here’s a +1, Facebook.

Via: The VergeABC

  • Christopher Riner

    I’m from Virginia that looks like a shirt you would spray with deer piss and take into the woods

  • Christopher Riner

    Honestly there is a lot to be taken (design wise) from Home. The problem int what it has, its what its lacking.

  • Seth Schorr

    Is Matias fishing for a new job?

  • Jimneezy

    Now had HTC or Samsung said this then I would totally agree. Anything to get those guys to making their own UI (downloadable instead of forcing you to have it come out of the box)

  • Wyveryx

    “…so here’s a +1, Facebook”

    Perfect 🙂

  • possomcrast

    I have to agree on that level. (atleast on the Galaxy S3) The app was really smooth, I didn’t like it, but it was smooth.

  • jeesung


    and the phone UI for 10″ tablets was a good idea too . . . not impressed, Matias.

  • Glen E Ston

    how could anyone trust a designer… wearing the shirts he wears..

    • EC8CH

      because of android before and after he started working at Google, that’s why.

  • I’m kind of annoyed that this is even making the rounds in the tech news sites.

  • flosserelli

    Matias should stop letting his 3 year old design his clothes.

  • MichaelFranz

    for facebook its perfect….but for our phones its not. it is just for facebook, nothing more, nothing less

  • I really didn’t get this part at all:

    “but so much of the Google design experience with Ice Cream Sandwich was in there as well.”

    Where was that at?

  • coolsilver

    A lot of polish, didn’t make it any shinier and still a turd.

  • Someone should tell Matias that April Fools Day has already passed.

  • scoobymystery69

    My drag queen friend looks like him….

  • T4rd

    “so here’s a +1, Facebook”

    I see what you did there.

  • Translation: There are some cool ideas we’re totally going to steal and put into Android. But mostly it’s garbage.

  • Loc-Nar

    In the meantime while coming along, the FB app itself is still way behind the times …

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life


  • Benjamin Clay

    I actually agree that it has a lot of polish. It works as intended, I just don’t like it.

  • I think one of the reason it’s because it is a “a manufacturer” skin that can be removed

  • Warwick

    I finally seen the HTC First commercial. Terrible

  • New_Guy

    I love Matias, but I cannot look at that horrible app drawer and absence of a lock screen and honestly agree. There is a reason it is rated so low.

  • jamie stevens

    should stop designing his shirts!

  • r0lct

    Yeah, I bet he said that as he was pointing to the 2-star rating.