Facebook. On April 4, 2013 the well-known social media outlet has developed a “skin” for android users known as “Home”.
According to NBC, “Right now only a handful of phones are able to download Facebook Home, including the HTC One X, One X+, and Samsung Galaxy S 3.” Could this mean trouble for the new interface?
Apple and google control over 87% of the smartphone market, which limits the access even more.
According to TechCrunch, “Checking the news feed for the latest photos and stories from your friends is a conscious decision. You’re either living your life or reading Facebook. The social network would surely prefer those to be one and the same.”
The basic interface is basically an Android phone with Facebook plastered all over it. It may be obnoxious to some, as Facebook chats will follow you around your screen, and be a constant.
For Facebook “addicts” this is probably a great way to stay connected, but it comes at a price.
The new skin has gotten a lot of negative feedback, as it diminishes several of Android’s best-selling points such as the lockscreen and desktop widgets and folders.
When asked to comment about this new skin, Mark Zuckerberg commented, “The strategy we have is different from every other tech company that’s building their own hardware system, like Apple. We’re going in the opposite direction.”
When asked about expanding the market to other phones and devices, Zuckerberg mentioned an updated version of the skin becoming available every month, as well as a version quickly becoming available for the tablet market.