Shunal DokeApr 09, 2013 12:39:25 IST
The installation package for Facebook Home, the social network's own launcher for Android has been leaked online. However, the launcher isn't working properly as Facebook has killed the feeds on its end, resulting in a blank screen on the homescreen.
TechCrunch reported users saying that instead of the feeds one would be greeted with upon unlocking the phone, they are instead getting nothing but a black screen. Some beta testers have confirmed that there is nothing wrong with the app itself and Facebook has killed the feeds on the server side. This is presumably because Facebook would prefer users wait until the April 12 launch before they can get their hands on it.
The APK was leaked, and Facebook pulled the plug
We tried the unofficial port on a Galaxy Nexus and found it to be somewhat functional. The leaked app seems like an alpha/beta build as it had quite a lot of issues, but that might be because it might not be the right version for the handset. One of the biggest features of Facebook Home - the Chat Heads - straight out didn't work. This did prove that porting the app to devices other than the ones Facebook has listed is indeed possible.
Facebook Home was unveiled on April 4 amidst much fanfare and curiosity. The launcher is a replacement for the Android UI and Facebook says it emphasises more on people than on apps. It will be available on only flagship devices at first—HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II—and will be on Google Play from April 12. The tablet version of Facebook Home is still under development and will take some time to be launched.
Facebook Home replaces your usual homescreen and lock screen with the cover feed. It basically shows you your Facebook news feed and lets you comment on, or like posts right from there. You can swipe sideways to flip through other posts on your feed. Notifications will be sent straight to your home screen, and you can just tap on a notification to check it out, or swipe it away to hide it.
Another major feature of Facebook Home is chat heads. These are tiny circles that let you access a chat from anywhere and signify your friends on Facebook. You can pin people onto your screen and chat with them by clicking on the chat heads. These circles can be accessed from within different apps or even games. You can even move the chat heads around and respond to messages. And since SMS is integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android, the chat head threads will include Facebook messages as well as texts.
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