Facebook Home hits 500,000 downloads on the Play Store

by: AA StaffApril 22, 2013

Facebook Home Android Screenshots (7)

A week after launch, Facebook Home has hit 500,000 downloads on the Google Play Store. The app has hardly hit any new heights, with the Facebook app garnering over 100 million downloads. Facebook’s other application on Android, Instagram, also has over 100 million installations and gained a million downloads in 24 hours, when it was brought to Android last year.

For those who don’t know, Facebook Home is a replacement launcher for your home screen which puts your News Feed front and centre, allowing you to absorb “a constant stream of friends’ posts and photos”, as Facebook puts it. To read the full Android Authority review, click here.

Facebook Home has been received skeptically by both reporters and users, and at the time of publishing, it has received 5,728 one star reviews. That is a little over half of the 11,123 reviews and it has a current average rating of just 2.2.

Facebook Home may not have reached the heights Zuckerberg and Co. may have hoped for, but it’s worth noting that there are a limited number of compatible phones. There’s also the little problem of active users, with all the one star ratings we begin to question how many people are still actually using the application.

Is Facebook Home a failure? Have you downloaded the app yet? Would you try it out, if it were compatible with your phone? Let us know in the comments.

  • I have a facebook app on my Note 2, and i am also using Smart Launcher. I’m not that much into Facebook so a launcher that has Facebook as a theme is not really my thing. In my opinion,, Facebook Home will be a faliure (if it is not considered one already).

  • MasterMuffin

    I thought the “USA only” thing in the beginning was crap, so I downloaded it with market enabler and VPN. Should have used that time to something else, 2 minutes of my life never coming back…

  • Sandor Trinder

    Yeah… And how many get deleted right after the installation..? :)

    • terminator

      499, 999.

  • As Sandor said… how many of us deleted it after installing it to ensure it really su***

  • A google user

    Downloaded the app, tried… But didn’t like it. Uninstalled immediately….

  • companyemails

    It is funny how most of these articles don’t mention the savage reviews Facebook Home is getting in Google Play. Facebook has a billion users, but only manages to get 500,000 downloads, most reviews in the play store are horrible, and the apps rating is barely above 2 stars. That doesn’t sound quite like a successful product launch to me. They really should have launched a working app instead of a launcher that takes over your phone and disables useful features.

  • Jivester

    I think if Facebook home was Just a look screen replacement with chat heads it would have done much better. The home launcher sucks and is as limited as ios. I kept my Default launcher as default so it was just a lovkscreen and it was much better. But that configuration is confusing. Then I realized it wasn’t G+ and I uninstalled :-)

  • Matthys Loedolff

    It’s a massive fail. It really is the worst idea facebook ever had. I downloaded it and uninstalled it almost immediately. Totally destroyed my phone’s functionality and made things a million times harder to do.

  • Will Wright

    Installed and didn’t really like it.. But I do, however, really like the chat bubbles that pop up even when it’s not set as my default launcher. Fb messenger app needs to just integrate those two ideas. I’m keeping it for now.