Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Mobile Tech
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Facebook Home: Getting a Yay or a Nay?

Facebook Home: Getting a Yay or a Nay?
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

"The nice thing about Facebook Home from the consumer perspective is that if you don't like it, you can cut it off. So it does encourage experimentation," said analyst Avi Greengart. "But it's not necessarily for everybody. Even for hardcore Facebook users, the people I have surveyed have been fairly dismissive of Home."
 


Facebook Home is now available for download in the Google Play store. But the jury is out on how successful the suite of Android apps will be.

Facebook Home aims to offer up your friends' latest updates on your home screen and messages that reach you no matter what you're doing. All you have to do is download it and sign in to your Facebook account to experience what the social media and smartphone worlds have been buzzing about for the past couple of weeks.

But if you are curious, yet lack an Android device -- and in particular the HTC One X and One X+, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II, the only devices deemed compatible for now -- to experiment with, here's some of what you can expect: Cover Feed, a constant stream of photos and updates from your News Feed, is always present when you wake up your phone.

You can swipe through to see more photos and updates, double tap to "like" a post and comment right from Cover Feed. Other features include Notifications, Chat Heads that let you jump in and out of conversations while you do other things on the device, and app launching that lets you see your favorite apps and post to Facebook from the same place.

Survey Says...

We asked Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, to get his take on Facebook Home. He told us he's trying to download it on one of his compatible devices but has not had the full experience yet. Once he downloads it, he understands that it will take over his entire user experience and offer a more immersive Facebook experience.

"The nice thing about Facebook Home from the consumer perspective is that if you don't like it, you can cut it off. So it does encourage experimentation. But it's not necessarily for everybody," he said. "Even for hardcore Facebook users, the people I have surveyed have been fairly dismissive of Home. They tell me they already spend too much time on Facebook and don't necessarily want their phone to be even more Facebook-centric and relegate things like e-mail or tasks or apps to one level down."

As Greengart sees it, Facebook has its work cut out to explain to consumers what the real benefits are. Although Facebook has a loyal and extremely large following, the limited number of phones on which Home works may lead to a slow uptake.

The HTC Impact

Facebook Home also has implications for HTC. The HTC First is the first and only smartphone designed around the new app. The phone costs $99 with a two-year AT&T contract.

The phone body is thin and seamless, with a 4.3-inch glass display. Inside, the smartphone runs Android 4.1 with the new Facebook Home experience. The device incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with dual-core CPU and 3G/4G world and multimode LTE. But if Facebook Home flops, it could mean poor sales for the HTC First.

"Facebook Home is in the early days and we'll see how many people download it and, of the downloaders, how many keep it turned on," Greengart said. "It's definitely an interesting move by Facebook not to build its own platform but to basically take over Google's platform. I have no doubt that Google, Microsoft, Apple and BlackBerry are all watching this very carefully to see just how powerful Facebook really is. Facebook claims it is one of the most used applications on mobile devices, and we'll see if that translates into something consumers want even more of."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Jordan Lloyd:

Posted: 2013-04-24 @ 6:51am PT
This article is explaining how facebook is used worldwide on devices such as computers, phones and others. It translates into something consumers want even more of. Anyone can download Facebook home to any device, at the click of a button, which also keeps Facebook popular.

JR:

Posted: 2013-04-14 @ 10:25pm PT
Biggest pile of crap I have ever seen stayed on my phone for about 5 mins. Messed with my contacts took the whole phone over just garbage.

wade:

Posted: 2013-04-14 @ 9:30am PT
I installed it on my Samsung GS3 and uninstalled it 3 minutes later.



Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.


 Mobile Tech
1.   HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
2.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
3.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
4.   Best Buy Leaks Moto 360 Watch Info
5.   Google Buys Contextual Image Startup


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
Can be POS device for small business.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
Verizon Wireless is the top-performing cellphone service provider, according to a new report. In the first half of 2014, Verizon led on a nationwide and state-by-state basis -- and in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.