As expected, Facebook on Thursday unveiled a new people-based user interface for Android devices that will take over the screen of Facebook handsets. And, as expected, it’s called Home – recent rumors suggested the name of the app will be Home. Home is not a forked Android version, as some of the earlier rumors claimed, as Facebook simply built the launcher to work right on top of current Android devices. Mark Zuckerberg explained on stage that it makes more sense for the company to simply develop a custom user interface for Android devices, an open source OS that lets OEMs and developers to do pretty much whatever they want, than to actually build a Facebook Phone that would only reach a few millions users. This way, Home could be use by a lot more Android device owners, right on their existing handsets. With Home, users will have access to new lock and home screens that will be built entirely on one’s Facebook environment. From Home, users will be able to go through Facebook content (Cover Feed) engage in SMS and Facebook messaging sessions (Chat Heads app) but also launch regular Android apps that would be installed on your Android device from Home’s own app launcher.
Facebook Home will be available in the Google Play store at launch for smartphone users, while tablet owners will get Facebook Home support in the coming months. The application will be updated every month with new features and content, according to Facebook. We’ll be back with more details on Facebook Home and its features as we learn more about them.