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Facebook Launches "Home" For Android

timothy posted 1 year,16 days | from the hold-you-you're-making-me-quasi dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Facebook has announced "Home" for Android smartphones (and, eventually, tablets). It's something less than a full Facebook mobile operating system, as some expected before the company's presentation, and more like an app update. Facebook also announced the Facebook Home Program, which will work with several carriers and device makers to pre-load Home onto select devices, including ones built by Samsung, Sony, ZTE, and Lenovo. The first "Home" phone will be the HTC First, a $99.99 phone that will ship April 12 from AT&T. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told analysts and journalists assembled for his presentation that Home was designed to reorient the phone and the Facebook mobile experience around people, not apps: "On one level, Home is the next mobile version of Facebook. On the other, it's a change in the relationship with the next generation of computing devices." Home essentially is a custom start screen for your Android phone, replacing the home screen with one centered on Facebook. While users can access other Android apps on the phone, the focus is on those apps that run on the Facebook platform. Home can also be enabled as a lock screen." Reader RougeFemme points out that France Telecom/Orange will be the first carrier in Europe.

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Umm.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43360783)

No thank you.

Re:Umm.. (4, Insightful)

X0563511 (793323) | 1 year,16 days | (#43360793)

Agreed... and fuck them for their preloading bullshit. ... and they wonder why we want to root our phones...

Re:Umm.. (1)

complete loony (663508) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363321)

Lets put a 20MB obsolete version of the facebook app on the system partition. Then as soon as I buy the phone I'll need to download another 20MB version from the play store...

Re:Umm.. (1)

Zaelath (2588189) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363619)

This. Removing the fucking Facebook virus that resisted all attempts to kill the process or opt out is why I spent most of a Saturday rooting my first Android phone.

The type of people who want Facebook are the type that will take the 5 seconds it takes to install that garbage on their phone, so why in hell would you preload it?

Re:Umm.. (1)

aralin (107264) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361801)

Not available in iOS. In related news, the smartphone share of iOS in US rose by 4% while Andriod dropped by 2%.

Re:Umm.. (1)

ottothecow (600101) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362157)

Umm..Do you realize that most of the iOS phones are being used for facebook ~25% of the time*? I don't see how an android only facebook launch-screen would raise iOS market share.

*based on observations on the bus during my morning commute...android phones are being used for Facebook at a roughly equal percentage (but maybe it is just easier to tell when some guy at the front of the bus is on facebook when he's got a galaxy note).

Re:Umm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362489)

Yes. Ever since iOS 6.1, you've been able to post to Facebook simply by accessing the Notification Center.

Re: Umm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362777)

I believe GP was using hyperbole to convey his opinion that this FB Home Shit will lose its novelty quickly and will result in a decline in new Android purchases when the FB addicts post their dismay on FB (the only means of communication they will have on these devices). These Android Orphans will drift aimlessly until they are captured by the dark side where people like me will welcome them with open arms and the last line of Hotel California

boooooring (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43360797)

YAWN

Re:boooooring (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362637)

YAWN

Perzactly. I couldn't be less interested if I were dead.

Well, that's not quite true.

When I get an Android tablet or phone I will be highly focused on seeing Facebook is not a component anywhere on it.

When do we return to real tech? (3, Insightful)

concealment (2447304) | 1 year,16 days | (#43360803)

The last 15 years of internet dominance have been neat, but it seems like all of the "inventions" are clever ways to interact with each other. Entertainment and consumer products are booming, but what actual technologies are we inventing? Or to put it another way: what opportunities have gone past while we've been inventing toys and minting teenage millionaires?

Re:When do we return to real tech? (5, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,16 days | (#43360959)

Know that tiny device in your pocket that responds to touch and lets you browse the entirety of human knowledge, play games or work from a beach in Tahiti while still letting you call Mom once a week to let her know you're alive? Yeah, that's what technology we invented in the last 15 years. If that doesn't impress you, I'm not sure what will.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (0)

0123456 (636235) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361175)

So just like my laptop fifteen years ago, but smaller and doesn't need a modem cable plugged into the wall any more.

I am so impressed by your rapid progress of technological evolution.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (4, Insightful)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361389)

You should be. We worked hard making components smaller, CPUs more energy efficient, touch screens more reliable, operating systems better suited for mobile environments, improved battery power density, created wireless protocols to support higher data rates, and constructed enough radio towers to support all this.

You act like it should have happened overnight.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362257)

But this is just making things *better* instead of making *new* things.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (3, Insightful)

binary paladin (684759) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362343)

In the sense that a car is nothing but a "better" version of the first wheeled cart. I mean, what the hell have we been doing for the last 7,000 years? Geez.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (2)

vux984 (928602) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361391)

So just like my laptop fifteen years ago, but smaller and doesn't need a modem cable plugged into the wall any more.

smaller (fits in a brief case to fits in a pocket)

faster (can download a picture in a minute or two to can stream video at higher resolution than your 15 year old laptop)

memory / storage ( thousands of times more of both)

touch screen (vs look screens?)

and all that with no cables

I am so impressed by your rapid progress of technological evolution.

I am. I can't imagine why you are being sarcastic.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (0)

0123456 (636235) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362261)

I am. I can't imagine why you are being sarcastic.

Because all that has done is made doing the same things a bit faster with a bit smaller device. And a lot more ads.

There's very little the average person does today on a phone that they couldn't do fifteen years ago on a laptop. Heck, they could even had had Internet everywhere they went if they didn't mind dragging a satellite antenna with them.

Compared to being able to do things they couldn't do before, a faster Internet on smaller devices is insignificant. Particularly when it's mostly used to shovel ads and funny cat pictures.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362639)

A lot of it is new technologies that have been engineered from the ground up. The end result might look the same to the simepleminded oberserver, but under the hood many processes are happening in different ways.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (2)

vux984 (928602) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362733)

Because all that has done is made doing the same things a bit faster with a bit smaller device.

Real time video communication between two people anywhere in the civilized world with devices they have in their pocket isn't something we could do before.

I guess I'm trying to see how high you've set the bar before you'll recognize something as progress. I mean, 1000x times faster, 10 times smaller, with an interface (multi-touch screen with no stylus) that was mostly science fiction 15 years ago and is usable enough to have actually displaced physical keyboards / buttons on the devices, and a data rate fast enough for real time video.

All cars did was let us go faster, farther, with fewer incidents of your engine getting spooked by loud noises? No real progress.

Stealth fighters are just faster more maneuverable biplanes that are harder to see with radar. No real progress there either.

I just don't really see where you are coming from.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

CaptainLard (1902452) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361541)

Yes, just like your laptop from 15 years ago that had a cable plugged into the wall. But removing that cable took the collective effort of a $trillion (probably) industry. Could your laptop scale one of its 9 different radios (2G/3G/4G/Bluetooth/Wifi/near field/AM/FM/GPS) up to 64-QAM on the fly based on geography while maintaining a connection for you to watch youtube in your car? How bout doing it for 6-7 hours without being plugged into the wall with a weight measured in grams? I mean, high speed bluetooth starts a packet using the bluetooth protocol and then mid-packet switches to wifi protocol to get higher throughput. That's pretty amazing to me because I've had to deal with stuff like protocol stacks.

The fact that all this crazy innovation works so seamlessly that people never need to care what happens behind the scenes is probably the most impressive demonstration of rapid progress I can think of. But just in case, check out all the progress made mapping genomes, robotics, space missions, etc. Anytime you want to be amazed, just take a quick peek below the surface of anything that goes on in your daily life.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

binary paladin (684759) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362391)

I'm amazed every time I use a map on my phone—every damn time. It's amazing.

I got my first smart phone (the G1) between two trips to San Francisco. It's completely amazing the way it affected my vacation. Maps, Yelp, and other services... wherever and it just keeps getting better. Consider my G1 from a mere 4.5 years ago compared to a Nexus 4. It's really quite insane.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

blackest_k (761565) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362669)

Try uploading files with your mobile device without a dedicated app to do so.

It doesn't work, try emailing your cv for example to yourself from your phone. Try making a forum post with an attached file. surprisingly this is a problem on android ios and win8 mobile , it was possible on win mobile 6 its possible on a tablet running linux and of course if you tether your phone to your laptop no problem. Don't know about blackberry, but i'm sure someone will fill in the gap.

Google has become especially annoying want to upload a photo to picasa web albums, not going to work it has to go to google+ first. Do we really have to be social with every photo we take?

So yes great technology but we are being more strictly controlled than ever before. Not even going to go on about websites which your phone operator has decided you shouldn't have access too.

       

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

RalphTheWonderLlama (927434) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363341)

Just one point. I use Google Picasa web albums without having Google+. I know they are kind of becoming integrated now since I've seen one web album that is on Google+ but mine aren't.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363635)

Sorry man, I just uploaded a firmware file to my router from my browser in Android. Perhaps you're thinking of iOS, I know it's limited in what types of files can be uploaded (I think older version didn't support it at all). Yep, my old Win Mobile 6 phone was pretty open ... but had a lot of bad points about it too stability and interface-wise. Yes, some platforms are far more crippled than they used to be, and people need to fight against that trend, as freedom is hard to regain.

Also, your carrier really can't block websites ... just switch DNS servers. I wasn't aware any were attempting it, except perhaps TPB in the UK. Who the hell is your carrier?

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363679)

I should also add that you can mail any file without problem in Android. I once saw twi iPhone users holding their phone closes to each other while one played an MP3 and the other recorded it. They couldn't get the file to each other any other way. It was pretty damn funny.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

supertrooper (2073218) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362661)

To be honest I like what Google has done in the last 15 years: 1. Google search: there were search engines before Google, but how caching and indexing works, and relevance of the results is pretty amazing to me 2. Maps: there were other map products but Google has done a great job to make maps more responsive and easier to use 3. Email: remember when hotmail was giving you about 10 MB of space, and then Google gave you 1 GB This is just to mention a few. I am aware that Google might be the next big threat to everyone's privacy but the technology they came up with is just incredible.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

X.25 (255792) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362951)

Know that tiny device in your pocket that responds to touch and lets you browse the entirety of human knowledge, play games or work from a beach in Tahiti while still letting you call Mom once a week to let her know you're alive? Yeah, that's what technology we invented in the last 15 years. If that doesn't impress you, I'm not sure what will.

You don't seem to know much about technology.

None of that has been invented in the last 15 years.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | 1 year,16 days | (#43364139)

Ok, show me a tiny, low power multi-core processor like many smartphones have that was around in the late 90's. Show me a touchscreen that had anywhere near the sensitivity of even cheap smartphones today. Or a GPS receiver that could be shoehorned into a tiny phone without sacrificing any of the other gadgets in it. Sure, the precursors of many of today's smartphone components existed but almost nothing in a 2012 or 2013 smartphone. It's like saying cars existed in ancient Egypt because they had horses and carts.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43364199)

Actually I think it's you who don't seem to know about technology. Could someone (or a small number if people) do some limited version of those things - sure. Could millions? Nope.

Some technology inventions are about new functionality, but most are about improving it, or scaling it up, or making it cheaper, or more accessible. Those are generally the ones that make a difference in people lives. In other words having a flying car is cute and newsworthy, being able to mass produce them at an acceptable cost makes them useful and changes the world.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

jon3k (691256) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363199)

Unfortunately a tremendous amount of talent has also been lost to "social media" services and figuring out how to get people to look at "better" ads. Certainly we haven't completely stagnated but a huge amount of really bright people were wasted on this shit.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361025)

The last 15 years of internet dominance have been neat, but it seems like all of the "inventions" are clever ways to interact with each other. Entertainment and consumer products are booming, but what actual technologies are we inventing? Or to put it another way: what opportunities have gone past while we've been inventing toys and minting teenage millionaires?

Social Networks are technology.

Re: When do we return to real tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362897)

Yeah ... we invented 'talking' without 'talking', and 'sharing' without 'caring'. Social networks allowed the socially impaired tech crowd to communicate via an electronic scheme similar to what normal people could accomplish in person or over the phone. Unfortunately the normal people liked it and now everyone uses this socially impaired substitute as a crutch.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

instagib (879544) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361107)

In the past, the driving force behind technology was war. These days it is the quarterly profit report. There's a lot of technology behind both efforts. The former focuses on dominatiing the enemy, the latter on selling items fast. Choose your poison.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361385)

I thought my phone (SGS3) was far more powerful than a 15-year old laptop, and was much, much smaller. It can also play high-def movies, navigate for me, and take decent photos. Sounds like you need a good phone, or at least play with one so you can discuss this with people who know.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361711)

hrm
just what does it take for an invention to not be a toy?
a couple hot techs today:
* cellphones- toys or useful invention that allows you to meetup with ppl even when plans change and call for help on the side of the road, or photograph rioter, abusive police and your baby's first steps.
* gps navigation toys or useful tools that eliminate stacks of wasteful maps, allow you to navigate quickly to places you have never been, and reduce traffic by letting you easily see traffic jams and choose alternative routes?

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

CaptainLard (1902452) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361867)

Couple quick thoughts:
- Advanced carbon fiber manufacturing making wind power very close to an honest to goodness viable power source (I'm talking free market style...give it a few more years)
- Better batteries that enable a normal looking and driving car to go over 200 miles on a 1 hour charge
- Process improvements making 24" LCD screens viable for less than $200
- The whole semiconductor industry making tech so freaking cheap
- Probable observation of the Higgs Boson
- Possible observation of dark matter
- advanced stock trading algorithms allowing 1000 point market jumps and drops within milliseconds (I kid, I kid)

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362077)

advanced stock trading algorithms allowing 1000 point market jumps and drops within milliseconds (I kid, I kid)

I haven't seen the 1000 point jumps up yet, just the jumps down.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

plover (150551) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362575)

Because what most people still want is that feeling of communicating with other people, of being in the attention span of someone else: "Listen to me, for I am important and have this to say!" Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Slashdot, it's all about the people at the other end of the technology, and not the tech itself.

The actual tech underneath is at its most amazing when it's completely invisible. So one huge growth industry has been in shrinking existing technology. It may only be evolutionary revisions of previous ideas, but it's still really cool work.

Re:When do we return to real tech? (1)

jon3k (691256) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363183)

It's horribly sad when you think about it. An entire generation of engineers trying to get people to click on ads.

(That's a poor version of a quote I heard once that'd I'd love to attribute to the source, who I can't find at the moment)

Re:When do we return to real tech? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43363767)

It's still happening, but you can't discuss it on Slashdot. Slashdot's a Microsoft/Apple/Facebook marketing site now.

Find yourself a real tech forum if you want innovations.

Planning on replacing my home phone with (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43360817)

a Home phone.

Marketing genius. E.T. phone home.

Hey homes did you get a new Home phone? Yeah but I left it at home.

Re:Planning on replacing my home phone with (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361299)

Yo dawg!

I heard you like your home. So we put home on your home phone so you use home at home.

TFA (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43360881)

This article is just one big press release.

From the “Home” screen, users can swipe left and right to access the user’s News Feed (now renamed “Cover Feed”). Users can comment and Like images, which are blown up to the size of the screen. Videos won’t be shown, group posts won’t show up, and there won’t be any ads—at least at first. Swiping the screen down brings up the app drawer (Android apps, said a Facebook product manager who asked not to be named) instead of apps designed to run atop the Facebook platform.

WHy is Facebook doing this? Why do they do anything?

What is their profit center?

Your data. This is just a ploy to gather data about users - and it wouldn't surprise me if this app is using the GPS/Maps part of Android to get your movements.

FB's makes their money spying on people and sharing data with marketers,

Keep that in mind. They are a marketer's wet dream.

Re:TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361069)

This article is just one big press release.

From the “Home” screen, users can swipe left and right to access the user’s News Feed (now renamed “Cover Feed”). Users can comment and Like images, which are blown up to the size of the screen. Videos won’t be shown, group posts won’t show up, and there won’t be any ads—at least at first. Swiping the screen down brings up the app drawer (Android apps, said a Facebook product manager who asked not to be named) instead of apps designed to run atop the Facebook platform.

WHy is Facebook doing this? Why do they do anything?

What is their profit center?

Your data. This is just a ploy to gather data about users - and it wouldn't surprise me if this app is using the GPS/Maps part of Android to get your movements.

FB's makes their money spying on people and sharing data with marketers,

Keep that in mind. They are a marketer's wet dream.

You mean they are exactly like Google?

Re:TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361661)

You mean they are exactly like Google?

Yup. Facebook created a mobile phone ecosystem that companies like Facebook could use to push their brands.

Re:TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362135)

Facebook created an ecosystem that companies like Facebook could use to push their brands.

Just like Google.

Re:TFA (1)

rtfa-troll (1340807) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363169)

Facebook created an ecosystem that companies like Facebook could use to push their brands.

Just like Google.

Which is the whole point. The mobile operators want a second source of something like Android so that they can push back against Apple safely.

The mobile operators realised that Skype is Microsoft's big plan to shaft them. They will allow it in on mobiles Microsoft agrees they control whilst Microsoft will get control via people's desktops in any case. Once that happens the mobile operators will be fucked since Microsoft will control their revenue.

Some of the operators (like AT&T) are so stupid they don't realise or corrupt they don't care but most of them saw what happened to the compiler industry or the word processor industry or Netscape or Sendo or anyone else who partnered with Microsoft. They want anyone, just anyone they can use as a second Apple alternative. As long as it isn't Microsoft.

Re:TFA (2)

Zaelath (2588189) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363645)

No, Google are like the greasy loser that fucks your sister.

Facebook are like the greasy loser that sells your sister for crack.

Re:TFA (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361585)

WHy is Facebook doing this? Why do they do anything?

Money

What is their profit center?

Advertising and selling any personal details which you agree to in clicking through those annoying EULAS.

Android to get your movements.

Yes, but you need to ask yourself how that could possibly be useful to them. Answer: more advertising. Eg: if the App knows your a block from Walmart and they can stream you an instantaneous Ad for Walmart special on Cheezypoofs (they know from your purchase history on Facebook Credit Card/Gift Card that you buy cheezy poofs -- again, you clicked the EULA) Walmart will put more money into that Advertising medium because it's targeted and specialized to each individual.

The creepy part about all of it? You'll probably never switch to another type of Cheezypoof. As long as there is a retailer within range of your GPS, you will always get served Ads for Cheezypoof brand Poofs. This drives a racket of monetized competition of advertising which, in the end, offers little choice for the consumer. Alternative products cannot gain enough of a foothold to compete with the Mega brands.

Re:TFA (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362633)

no, *I* won't... but then I'm not the problem, its the millions of "ordinary" people who will, unfortunately I end up with only 1 choice of cheezypoofs as that's all they'll end up stocking thanks to my fellow idiot humans :(

  I'll truly give up when facebook starts to sponsor education (or TV, which is much the same difference for many people).

Re:TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361733)

To show their investors that they care about mobile? They might think the phone is a bad idea but they could just be placating investors for the moment.

Who in their right mind is going to buy this (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43360967)

Aside from the FB employees, who really wants Facebook to track his own phone calls 24x7x365..because have no doubt, they will be tracking everything through this shit

There better be choices (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43360987)

I sure hope the phones that are oriented around this app are clearly marked as such. I don't want my smartphone experience to be centered around Facebook, especially when I don't even have an account.

I find this really disturbing:

Home essentially is a custom start screen for your Android phone, replacing the home screen with one centered on Facebook. While users can access other Android apps on the phone, the focus is on those apps that run on the Facebook platform.

Re:There better be choices (1)

Opportunist (166417) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363419)

Well, at least 'til phone providers catch on that it's not really a feature, you may rest assured that this will be heavily advertised. At least I hope so.

Sub-process (2)

QuietLagoon (813062) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361049)

...Home essentially is a custom start screen for your Android phone, replacing the home screen with one centered on Facebook....

So everything you run on the Facebook phone-Home device is a sub-process of Facebook's snooping program. Zucky must be beside himself with all the extra data that will be collected on the Facebook sheeple.

I use FB less and less... (2)

IANAAC (692242) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361061)

My FB usage has gone down a lot over the last year. I just can't see it going back up. I suppose the concept of "Home" is nice (even though it's just to harvest your data), but, well... I'd never use it.

Hopefully the CyanogenMod team will get on board!! (1)

daboochmeister (914039) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361101)

Wouldn't that just be cool!! To root your phone just so you can sell your soul to Zuckerberg!! Because, you know, there's just nothing about this whole idea that in any way doesn't pass the sniff test.

Power Drain (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361129)

I uninstalled the Facebook app when I found its background service responsible for 10% of my battery life. I only ever want to use it to upload a picture or two (upload via https://m.facebook.com/ [facebook.com] on Android browsers has been broken for a while).

I'm wondering if they've improved this at all with this Home work. In the mantime, does anybody here know of a way to specifically or generally turn off such a background process? If I kill it, it comes right back.

Re:Power Drain (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361187)

I uninstalled the Facebook app when I found its background service responsible for 10% of my battery life.

I uninstalled the Facebook app before I decided to buy a smartphone.

Re:Power Drain (1)

semi-extrinsic (1997002) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361341)

I've also had problems with photo upload via the browser. My suspicion is that they did this on purpose, to push people back onto the app.

Re:Power Drain (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361359)

If you're on Android 4, disable it. Not sure on Android 2... I was stuck with it there too, but it never ran in the background autonomously either.

Re:Power Drain (1)

karnal (22275) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361919)

A long time ago it was broken on my WM6.5 phone; there's somewhere on Facebook's site that you can get an email address that's linked to your account. You can then just email pictures to that address and it'll post up on FB. Easy peasy.

So basically a custom launcher (4, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361205)

Android lets you replace the launcher and other component parts and it looks like that is all this Facebook app is doing. Given how intrusive and battery sapping their app is, I think I'll pass.

Re:So basically a custom launcher (1)

Belial6 (794905) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361471)

I just wish the phone manufacturers would follow suit. Think about how much better a Galaxy SIII would be if all the Samsung software were just apps that could be unloaded.

Meh (1)

onyxruby (118189) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361225)

It's a Facebook app for those who treat Facebook more like crackbook. Who care's? There are thousands of different android phones out there, this one just happens to have one particular app ingrained as a theme. This phone isn't going to hurt anyone and it will benefit those who live their lives through that particular corporations product.

Might I suggest the much more usable and robust CAT [techcrunch.com] themed smartphone instead? At least that phone should survive any drunken friends or small children that happen to get their hands on it.

Geez, two snitches at once... (4, Insightful)

nweaver (113078) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361315)

Rather than having a phone that's designed to spill everything I do to Google, I get a phone designed to spill everything I do to both Google AND Facebook. Geez, loverly.

if you want this phone... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361355)

...I probably already hate you

Facebook Metro UI (1)

kimble3 (736268) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361413)

I was reading about this new Facebook home app and the thought that jumped out at me is that this is Facebook's version of the Windows 8 Metro UI. Is it Android? Or is is some new Facebook OS? As long as you stay in Facebook Home everything is wonderful. But don't worry, you can always escape back to the normal Android home screen and do everything you used to do. What could go wrong with that?

Can't block a thing on it (0)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361441)

Being "illegal" to root ones device you send everything to third parties
you have no business knowing who, and nothing you can do about it.

You can opt out but that's at the desecration of the third party, only those
living in California USA can write and request where there private info has gone.

ADaway or any other ad blocking application can't be found as it's against Google Play TOS.
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/13/breaking-google-has-begun-purging-ad-blocking-apps-from-the-play-store/ [androidpolice.com]

Android 4.2.X and above a HOSTS file doesn't work anymore, it was disabled to patch a security hole.
- I lost the link for this, If you google ADaway you will run across it as the "hole" is what Adaway used, (ability to use 127.0.0.1 once a WiFi session).

But the sheep know nothing of this, and have or will never read a Privacy Policy.
From the replies to this article it's good to see the "what are they thinking" of attitude

-s
I don't like Zuckerberg, I don't trust him and I don't want anything to do with him.

Re:Can't block a thing on it (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361741)

apk plz go

more personal info than ever for fb (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361479)

"On one level, Home is the next mobile version of Facebook. On the other, it allows us to now have direct and full access to your hardware and *everything* contained on it (contacts, SMS's, bookmarks, browser history, etc etc), not to mention every finger swipe & tap."

FTFY. eat shit, fuckerberg

Points out the lack of GFX support. (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361485)

I think the short list of devices supported points out the lack of accelerated GFX support on many Android devices.

Hardware vendors are missing the boat by forgetting that good hardware can make work for 50X as many software folk as hardware folk. Closed hardware specifications do not help....

Some early versions of Android have no support for multiple cores yet MP hardware was available. Many Samsung phones lack full support of the graphics hardware. Without acceleration they were quick enough so ship it. Had they updated the OS and drivers I would have stayed with Samsung but their lame hobbling of worthy hardware (Samsung + AT&T) to push new hardware invited me to switch to a grey market phone not from Samsung..

Most interesting is with a billion FB users this software will be seen by such a small fraction of customer eyeballs that it is not worth discussing on its own merits. While they have to start someplace it remains to be seen if the software is a pig that flies or just a pig that eats battery and bandwidth.

Phone hardware is ill documented so even rooting a phone gives little opportunity to improve the foundations. It only helps to remove cruft.... The likes of FB and Google need to get after their hardware partners to step it up.

Ahhh yes life is good ... (-1, Troll)

stevez67 (2374822) | 1 year,16 days | (#43361655)

... no FB Home for iOS. Have fun with it droidsters bwahahahaha

Re:Ahhh yes life is good ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361811)

Yes, Google has confirmed that this will be the default launcher for Key Lime Pie.

New Home Screens (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361849)

FB concerns aside I think it is very good that we are starting to see Home Screens as more than just a list of apps. List of apps seems very inefficient.

Re:New Home Screens (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361953)

Er...isn't that why we have widgets?

*claps* Bravo, Facebook (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43361851)

That is impressive. Very, very impressive.

Not the software - that sounds mediocre at best.

But the business plan is genius. Without having to create their own OS, they can Borg-ify the majority of existing Android phones out there. By creating their own launcher, they can bury Google features completely, if they so chose to - redirecting most ad-related Android traffic away from Google, and over to Facebook. At the same time, the small group of users who use Google+, who have likely been using the Android app as well, will (I'm guessing) find it much, much easier to post directly to Facebook.

I can't stand Facebook - and the above sounds horrifying. But I'd put money on this being their strategy.

How Long Until Preinstalled? (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362053)

How long until Verizon Wireless decides to pre-install this on all their phones and lock it in. They already force me to keep a bunch of apps on my phone (including Facebook's app but also including ones like NFL Mobile) which I have no interest in using. I can't remove these apps without unlocking my phone which is "illegal" now. It's not like I'd leave them if they let me remove these apps. After all, they have me locked into a contract and are, quite frankly, the best carrier in my area. I might even be able to see keeping on the apps directly related to their Verizon Wireless services. I just want to delete these third party apps that I never use.

Re:How Long Until Preinstalled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362259)

How long until Verizon Wireless decides to pre-install this on all their phones and lock it in. They already force me to keep a bunch of apps on my phone (including Facebook's app but also including ones like NFL Mobile) which I have no interest in using. I can't remove these apps without unlocking my phone which is "illegal" now. It's not like I'd leave them if they let me remove these apps. After all, they have me locked into a contract and are, quite frankly, the best carrier in my area. I might even be able to see keeping on the apps directly related to their Verizon Wireless services. I just want to delete these third party apps that I never use.

what? unlocking != rooting!!!

Re:How Long Until Preinstalled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362293)

How long until Verizon Wireless decides to pre-install this on all their phones and lock it in. They already force me to keep a bunch of apps on my phone (including Facebook's app but also including ones like NFL Mobile) which I have no interest in using. I can't remove these apps without unlocking my phone which is "illegal" now. It's not like I'd leave them if they let me remove these apps. After all, they have me locked into a contract and are, quite frankly, the best carrier in my area. I might even be able to see keeping on the apps directly related to their Verizon Wireless services. I just want to delete these third party apps that I never use.

what?? Unlocking != Rooting ... big difference!!!

Re:How Long Until Preinstalled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43363435)

It's not like I'd leave them if they let me remove these apps. After all, they have me locked into a contract and are, quite frankly, the best carrier in my area.

Your definition of "best carrier" is different from mine. Best speed or coverage, maybe. But the best carrier doesn't lock you into apps or contracts.

Now with twice the spying! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362177)

Aren't you happy your privacy is penetrated only by goOgle? Now you can get double penetration from failbook as well! Oh the joy!

Sign off your soul today! Very special offer!

For my money... (1)

The_Revelation (688580) | 1 year,16 days | (#43362265)

.... it had better at least update my peeps any time I'm watching pr0n on the tubes. I require constant automatic updates on my status, so people can track my highly intriguing life-style. [scratches balls]

A first for Android? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362367)

If Facebook Home is successful at all, this might mark the first time when a popular app is first available for Android, but not for iOS.

yyeeeaahhhhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,16 days | (#43362657)

um....no.

I fail to see the appeal (1)

Opportunist (166417) | 1 year,16 days | (#43363333)

A home phone that phones home? Somehow I have this hunch that I can do without. And not just 'cause I don't have a FB account.

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