Samantha · Apr 13, 2013 at 08:00 am

Facebook Home Ported to all Android Devices

Yes, it’s been done. Whether that’s something to squeal in joy over or cringe in disgust about is up to you. However, that’s besides the point. Facebook’s ‘exclusive’ product reserved for the HTC One, One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 (Don’t ask why there’s no love for other devices) debuted in the Play store on 13th of April, 2013 and has garnered a lackluster two-and-a-half stars rating with near 2 thousand votes. Want to know what’s the hype about? Read on.

After a bit of modding with the Facebook and Home APKs, XDA Senior Member theos0o has successfully ported Facebook Home to all devices running Android. Both rooted and unrooted phones may take advantage of this port and get a taste of what things are all about, requiring users to simply download and install the 2 APK files provided. A reboot may be required if the app does not run at first. However, all previous versions of Facebook installed must be uninstalled to make way for the modded version of Facebook that’s required, thus root access may be necessary if your device came preloaded with Facebook in order to complete the process and get Facebook Home up and running.

Now, does Facebook Home live up to the hype and expectations? Well, it depends. If you were expecting a simple and minimalistic launcher that conveniently displays your Facebook news feed with scrolling images and quick access to Facebook Messenger and app drawer, then you may want to check it out. If you were expecting a sophisticated and intuitive home launcher that’s comparable to Android, then it certainly does not. There’s no support for our beloved widgets, the wallpaper cannot be changed, and the amount of Internet data and memory it consumes will be unbelievable.

If you would like to try Facebook Home out on your Android device, check out the original thread for more details and download.


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