Facebook Home rolled out to Canadians along with Chat Heads update for iOS

Daniel Bader

April 16, 2013 8:55 pm

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Facebook Home is hitting Canadian Android devices today, as long as you’re rocking a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note II, or a HTC One X or One X+. Future devices like the Nexus 4, along with the upcoming HTC One and Galaxy S4, will also be compatible in the near future.

Facebook has been heavily pushing its Home app to users of its social network, claiming it puts people first. The main issue, however, with the current build available to devices like the GS3 or One X is that it severely limits the use of important launcher features like widgets, and it replaces the lock screen. Notifications are also hidden until you swipe down from the top of the screen to expose the bar, which seems like a lot of work just to regain some of the functionality sacrificed in the first place.

As a result, Facebook Home may have a narrow scope of users, but it promises to be a hugely successful venture nonetheless. Its global availability today marks its expansion outside of the United States, earlier than expected, which means that the company must believe it to be stable and worthy of a significantly wider user base.

Facebook for iOS is also receiving an update today, bringing the same Chat Heads feature found in the Android Messenger app. These floating heads, while functionally identical to their Android counterparts, are limited to use within the Facebook app itself, as iOS disallows the system-wide changes necessary to enable the feature outside of the core app. Facebook is also adding stickers — huge, cutesy emojis — to send to friends and family, further attempting to coerce users away from apps like Line and KakaoTalk in the Asian market.

The iPad version has been overhauled with a cleaner news feed that feels more like the desktop version, bringing consistently-sized images and fonts to a smoother vertical scrolling experience.

Download Facebook Home for Android. Ensure you also have the latest versions of Facebook and Messenger, too.

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  • skullan

    Meh, FB Home.

  • GordonGartrell

    It doesn’t work with my HTC One X with Cyanogen 10.1. Oh well.

  • Ontari_do_not

    i cannot have fb home therefore i shall not update the app.

  • Super_Deluxe

    AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    Well, not sure what to make of it. the data consumption could be a concern and no folder support for a launcher is very dissapointing

  • Jamie

    ERMERGERD. I tried it, not bad, but Facebook isn’t the only thing in the world.

    HOWEVER I loved the lock screen and especially the new messenger (which is an additional app). I like how it combines SMS with your Facebook messages and gives you chat heads. ALSO it gives you access to the whole emoji world of iphone

  • Darth Paton

    And once again iOS severely limits third party functionality with their closed system. Not that it doesn’t have its benefits, but for a platform mainly built in its third party apps, wouldn’t it make sense to allow developers a little more freedom?

  • Me Ted

    That’s nice. They can keep it.

  • grantdude

    I tried it on my OneX. It looks very primitive. Uninstalled after about 5 minutes.