Facebook Centric Software Unveiled by Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled a new software for Android devices. The software named as 'Home' will bring the content of the social media websites to the home screen of the device. It will work as a filter through which all other devices and apps can be used. It was also announced that a special version of 'Home' will come pre-installed on the upcoming HTC First smartphone on AT&T.
Once installed, the software will set Facebook as the centre of the user experience. Instead of having to use a Facebook or Facebook messenger app, the phone will be reset to display the updates and newsfeeds from the user’s facebook profile to the home screen. Apps will sit behind this layer of facebook, which has been named as 'Cover Feed'.
Meanwhile, a new instant messaging feature called 'Chat Heads' will be activated when the user gets a message from someone. The face of the person will pop up on the screen, user can tap on the face to start a chat without losing a context of what he was doing earlier. This new chat feature allows the user to read a message or start a chat while using the current app.
Users can download this software for free of cost from the Google Play Store. The five existing devices that will suport it include the HTC One, One X and One X Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2. It will work on the upcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 devices as well. Eventually, the new software will be available for all Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich users. Firstly it will be available in US only. However Android users across the world will also get the benefit soon.
The company will try to make 'Home' available on tablets as well, in the next few months. Every month an update of the software will be released to add new features and to make it compatible with new devices as well. The HTC First will be the first handset with the software pre-loaded in it. The device will be available in the US via the AT&T network from 12 April. It will carry a price tag of $99.99.