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Summary:

Facebook didn’t quite unveil its own phone, but you can make your Android phone a Facebook phone with a custom launcher. The question now is: will you?

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Facebook introduced its Facebook Home launcher on Thursday and its generally what was leaked and predicted. It essentially takes over your lock screen and your Home screen on an Android device, but it’s just a launcher like any other.

Some partners have agreed to pre-install it: Samsung, Sony, Huawei and HTC were noted. That means Facebook has to convince you that the experience is worth it for you to hit Google Play and install it once it becomes available on April 12. The simple question is: After seeing what that experience is like, will you install it?

Vote in our poll and be sure to comment if you have more to say. The Facebook Home launcher does support shortcuts for any Android app, so you can essentially use it as your only home screen. And if you’re big into Facebook, you might want to.

Of course, this is really a play for Facebook to keep you engaged with its services over those from competitors: A smart strategy from Facebook but only if people buy into it and install Facebook Home.

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  1. I voted yes, just to check it out for myself instead of watching some demo online. Hardly a good representative of how it actually works. If I don’t like it, then I’ll uninstall.

    1. Alamgir Tamboli Derek Thursday, April 4, 2013

      HAHA! I posted my comment below before I saw your comment… too funny

  2. Alamgir Tamboli Thursday, April 4, 2013

    I feel like there should be an option “Yes, but only to see what it’s about and likely uninstall it afterwards”

  3. Worth giving it a try. The iOS integration is great and this could potentially be better.

  4. I guess you have to actually HAVE a Facebook account to use this bloat. I voted No.

  5. Judging by the amount of time employees spend on their cellphones…I will say no to Facebook and yes to productivity

  6. Nope. I like my android smartphone because it feels like a computer + os, FB home seems like the intent is to turn your phone into an application. I can see it working for old folks who want a phone + facebook only – like a way for grandpa or grandma to get all the latest pictures and messages from the family without any extra complexity. But for people who like the openness of the mobile platform, it’ll be a non starter.

  7. i want to know where i can find the app for facebook home or isn’t it yet an app?

    1. Kevin C. Tofel cedric Friday, April 5, 2013

      It will be available in Google Play for certain devices initially but not until April 12.

  8. I am waiting fo the stuff, will it be safe and would allow other functions of the. Phone intact ? Hope it would be easy for th aged ones ! I am pretty excitef to have it in my lg p 765 mobile.

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