Mark Zuckerberg Introduces Facebook "Home" for Android Phones

Paul Lilly

Facebook didn't announce its own brand phone, but did unveil it's own Home screen.

Rumors of an official Facebook phone have been swirling for a long time now, though Mark Zuckerberg has in the past tried to quiet such speculation by saying he's not interested in diving into hardware. If you thought he was lying, today's announcement is bound to be a disappointment. Instead of unveiling a Facebook phone, Zuckerberg introduced the world to "Home," which isn't a phone or an operating system. So, what the flip is it, then?

"Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps," Facebook explains in a blog post .

Too vague? Think of Home as a replacement for your Android device's Home screen, because that's basically what it is. Built on the premise that we're all social creatures already immersed in Facebook, Home simply puts information at your fingertips the moment your phone wakes up.

It stars with Cover feed, wihich replaces the lock screen and home screen. You can flip through content, double tap to "Like" what you see, and more. There are also "Chat heads," which are headshots of your friends that you can move around and chat with, even when you're using other apps.

When a Facebook friend posts an update, you'll receive a notification with their profile picture. To open them, just tap, or you can swipe them away to hide them and keep flipping through your Cover feed until you want them back. If you want to get to your stable of apps, swipe up to see your favorite ones in the launcher.

Home will be available as a free download from the Google Play store starting April 12 and is compatible with the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II (as well as the upcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4). In addition, some upcoming devices will have Home preinstalled, such as the HTC First, a $100 phone available through AT&T on April 12.

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