So what is this Facebook Home? Essentially, it’s a family of apps which sit inside a layer of the Android OS. It’s not a version of Android OS, however, it is a layer of the OS which could also be used as a separate page on the home screen of an Android phone.
From your home screen, you will be able to see different photos or other posts which your friends make. You will be able to see notifications from your friends about the posts they make or messages they send you. Additionally, you will also be able to see notifications for missed calls. Of course, you will still be able to get to the apps on your phone by tapping on your face from the home feed.
There is also another interesting feature here called chat heads. This will essentially allow you to chat with your friends whilst using other apps.
So when will you be able to get your hands on this? Well, you’ll be able to get it from 12th April 2013 onwards on some devices. Of course, you will also be able to get it on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other Android phones. A tablet variant is in the works at the moment, but no iOS version for the time being due to the operating system being very locked down.
You can find out more about Facebook home by heading over to Facebook.com/home .
By the way, HTC also announced a phone called the HTC first which will ship with Facebook Home pre-installed. It will be available on EE here in the UK. More information on this over at EE’s HTC first page.