Facebook unveiled its new Android experience earlier today, Facebook Home, which is a new people-based Facebook apps-rich user interface that will run on top of Android OS, virtually changing your mobile experience.
While not all Android users out there will be interested in it, there are plenty of people that use their smartphones to log into Facebook apps on a daily basis. In fact, Facebook mobile apps are among the most used apps out there.
Unfortunately, not all Android devices will be able to run Home as soon as the app launches. Initially only a bunch of Samsung and HTC devices will be supported by Facebook Home including the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC One and HTC One X/X+. Additionally, Home will also be pre-loaded on the HTC First, which will be available in AT&T stores once Home launches.
From the looks of it, Home will launch on Jelly Bean handsets, although requirements for Facebook’s new software aren’t available at this time. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Home run on older Android hardware, since Facebook is trying to reach as many Facebook users that own Android devices as possible with this new user interface / app.
Support for more Android smartphones is expected to be available later down the road, especially since the company said on stage that Home will be updated on a monthly basis. Moreover, Facebook said on stage that a variety of OEMs and carriers including HTC, Samsung, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo, Alcatel, Huawei, Qualcomm, EE and Orange will ship Facebook Home handsets in the future.
When will Facebook Home be available? The company announced that Home will launch on April 12, at which point you’ll be able to install it on supported devices – in case they happen to be available in stores that is, as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One will be launching after Home hits the Play Store. Initially, Home will only be available for smartphones users, with Android tablets getting it in the coming months.
Are you looking forward to get Home?