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Originally launched by Facebook[1], now Meta Platforms, in April 2013, Facebook Home was a bespoke user interface layer specifically crafted for Android smartphones. Its primary goal was to supplant the pre-existing home screen on devices with an innovative interface known as Cover Feed. Alongside this, it featured a distinct lock screen that exhibited notifications from Facebook and other applications. Facebook Home was particularly recognized for its Chat Heads system, a unique messaging feature. The interface was initially designed to be compatible with certain devices, such as the HTC First and select Samsung Galaxy models. However, owing to poor user feedback and potential privacy issues, it is no longer accessible on the Google[2] Play Store. Despite its brief existence, Facebook Home remains significant for its endeavor to augment social networking on smartphones via its design and functionalities.

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Facebook Home (Wikipedia)

Facebook Home was a user interface layer for Android smartphones. Developed by the company then known as Facebook (now Meta Platforms), the software was designed to be a drop-in replacement for the device's existing home screen ("launcher"). It provided a replacement home screen that allowed users to easily view and post content on Facebook along with launching apps, a replacement lock screen that displayed notifications from Facebook and other apps, and an overlay which allowed users to chat via Facebook messages or SMS from any app. Facebook Home was unveiled at a press event on April 4, 2013, and was released on April 12, 2013 for a limited selection of devices from HTC and Samsung Electronics—including the HTC First, a new smartphone pre-loaded with the software. Facebook is no longer supporting or providing updates for Facebook Home.

Facebook Home
Original author(s)Facebook, Inc.
Initial release12 April 2013 (2013-04-12)
Stable release
1.2 / January 13, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-01-13)
Operating systemAndroid
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/home at the Wayback Machine (archived April 14, 2013)
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