So, remember the rumor about the Facebook phone? Turns out it’s not so much about an actual phone, but is an app called Facebook Home – an app that basically takes over your phone, giving your Facebook apps like Instagram and Facebook Messenger priority over other apps.
Here’s how Facebook describes it in the Google Play store.
Facebook Home is the mobile experience that puts your friends at the heart of your phone. From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends’ posts and photos on your home screen. Upfront notifications and quick access to your essentials mean you’ll never miss a moment. And when you download Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting with friends when you’re using other apps.
Problem is, of course, that even if one wanted to check the app out (say, an iPhone owner like me), it’s not possible because Facebook Home is only available on a tiny selection of phones. So far only the HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II have the ability to add the app, although the HTC First will be come with Facebook Home already added. Eventually, says Facebook, other phone such as the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be able to also have the app added in the future.
However, in the initial reaction to the release, Facebook Home is getting very low ratings from purchasers, according to Mashable.
A day after launch, an astounding 44% of users who have reviewed the app on Google Play have given it just one star, with a mere 19.4% of users opting to give Home a 5-star rating. All that equates to an average 2.5-star rating in Google Play, not exactly an ideal first-day showing.
At least Facebook Home is creating some pretty odd and funny commercials – any video footage of a goat screaming at Mark Zuckerberg is a win with me.