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Facebook Home Reviews Arrive 70

Last week Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Home, a bit of software that aims to transform a smartphone's homescreen into a Facebook feed. Now, its release date has arrived, as has the earliest device to house Home: the HTC First. Reviews for phone and software have begun to appear, too. The Verge calls the device itself "a mid-range phone, through-and-through." Its hardware is capable but not impressive, and it's slow enough to be noticed, but not to annoy. What interested them the most was that by turning off Facebook Home, you get an operating system that's very close to an unpolluted, stock Android 4.1.2. Ars generally agrees, pointing out its solid feel, the trade-off of a less-readable but more-holdable 4.3" screen compared to the trend toward 4.8" displays, and an awkwardly placed micro-USB port. As for the Facebook Home Software: "Home takes status updates out of the Facebook app and slaps them right on your homescreen. Instead of little boxes scrolling vertically, however, each update from your News Feed becomes a full-screen photo with small bits of text at the top," says the Verge, adding that having Facebook updates located between you and whatever you picked up your phone to do can be awfully distracting. Ars says, "What we've seen is an application focused solely on making the Facebook experience the hub for all of your social correspondence, but that can be extremely limiting for those who use a number of other social networks." Both publications praise 'Chat Heads,' Facebook's way of surfacing messages without having to dig through a messaging app.
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  • by mozumder ( 178398 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @08:24AM (#43410977)

    rather than a media company.

    Right now no one trusts them because they're based on advertising.

    They would have to change their business model, from advertising-based media to some sort of paid service for people that need it to gain user trust. Facebook Home is a start. They could also pull an Apple and actually be a hardware company, with revenues derived from hardware sales.

    Facebook just can't compete in the media space. They have a billion viewers, but they ONLY make $4-5 billion a year. For comparison, Conde Nast makes $4-5 billion on far, far fewer viewers, because they can get people to pay much higher rates for their ads, which are seen as valuable. People actually buy magazines for ads.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @08:47AM (#43411103)

    and im certian theres no gps tracking with 'locally owned businesses' injecting ads as you walk by right?

  • Facebook = New AOL (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sinij ( 911942 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @09:33AM (#43411471)
    Facebook = New AOL.

    CDs are in the mail.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982