Facebook Home was officially announced today as part of Facebook’s vision to create its best mobile experience ever. In an unexpected move, Home is not exclusive to just one device, and will function as a launcher on multiple Android devices. The HTC First will be the first smartphone to feature the new UI with Facebook Home also working on several high-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One, and HTC One X+.
According to Facebook, support for Android tablets is expected “within several months” and there are currently no details on which tablets the UI will work on. For the smartphones mentioned above, you’ll be able to download Facebook Home from Google Play starting April 12.
Here are some of the features you can expect:
- 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.
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