Facebook unveils 'Home' service in bid to redefine mobile experiences on Android devices

  • Article by: MICHAEL LIEDTKE and BARBARA ORTUTAY , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 11:50 PM

Facebook has introduced software called Home that makes the social network the hub of any smartphone running Google's Android operating system. The idea behind the software is to bring Facebook content right to the home screen, rather than requiring users to check apps.

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Izzy96Apr. 4, 13 1:43 PM

Great. Now you can have Google and Facebook track everything a cell user does. Assume an increase in advertising to you Facebook users beyond your wildest dreams. Yuck. Give me Apple every day.

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frankfurterApr. 4, 13 2:27 PM

"Yuck. Give me Apple every day." Yeah...because apple would _never_ track anything. Considering they force you to store all your media on their proprietary cloud, for one......Now if they could only make facebook actually work on _all_ android phones. Now that would be a feat.

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sooofedupApr. 4, 13 2:38 PM

FB just got sued for using the name "timeline" and now they want to call "home" their own? There isn't a soft app out there that doesn't use "home" as part of it's menu. Can't FB come up with their own names?

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OldRookieApr. 4, 13 2:45 PM

I thought my "Mobile experiences" was having a a phone that i can use anywhere any time. not being able to get the highest score on candy crush saga. idk about 80% of the rest of Facebook but i actually use my Facebook for networking. so as appealing as this sounds im not lazy enough to not click on my app. but then again i don't have a expensive smartphone anyways.

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aztheoApr. 4, 13 3:15 PM

Facebook is lame

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dlzabzApr. 4, 13 3:18 PM

My smartphone broke last October and I haven't replaced it since. When my family goes out to eat we actually talk to each and are not face down in our phones at dinner. As far as facebook goes I log on maybe once a week at most so I don't really need a phone based on a fad.

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woopdeedooApr. 4, 13 4:07 PM

Facebook is always announcing all of these "new and exciting" features but none of them toot my horn at all. The new economy appears to be who can make the most excitement out of nothing at all important.

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Mike1eyeApr. 4, 13 4:08 PM

Brilliant. Zuckerberg has just transformed the mobile telephone so that being a telephone is a secondary function, rather than primary. I think that's a transformative event. Unfortunately, since I continue to avoid letting myself become one-with-the-Borg, it's another "advancement" from which I'll have to "duck and cover". Time marches on, darn it!

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thisislameApr. 4, 13 4:19 PM

I have never used FB, but somehow have to keep updating their app on my droid, or I get an annoying reminder. I am sure with a new rollout I can expect this every week. The adverstising thing is being overdone. Companies spend billions on adverstising only to cover their advertising expenses....

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pauldeemingApr. 4, 13 7:47 PM

Who's Zuckerberg trying to fool with his altruistic "we're making your life easier" crap? This is nothing more than a big corporation owned and run by a billionaire taking a bigger piece of the social media pie! You're foolin' no one. And I don't doubt there will be some kind of hidden tracking program to glean even more information about us for their use (and profit).

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