Facebook have launched adverts on the Facebook Mobile page telling users that if they need alone time, turn Home off. This appears to be a desperate bid to convince Android owners to give it a try. The post said ” Cover feed on the HTC First keeps your friends close by. But if you need some alone time, simply turn off Home and use your phone as usual.”
This feature was originally designed by Facebook to replace the standard Android lock and home screens with Cover Feed, also enabling you to comment and like from the home screen. HTC First was the first handset to feature the new Facebook Home experience. However, HTC have acknowledged that, judging by the commercial response, for some Android users it may just be too overbearing.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg addressed users issues with Home at D11 this week, “For the people who don’t love it, they don’t like how it takes over their phone. They don’t like how the launcher re-organizes the apps they’ve already launched, but for the most part they actually like the two core features we launched which are Cover Feed and Chat Heads. So what we are doing is getting that feedback. I don’t know how long it will take. I think it will be a long road but we really believe we’re on a path to making phones more social.”
Facebook Home has been receiving mixed reviews, so as more Android devices offer this feature, it will be interesting to see whether it improves in popularity or continues to divide opinion.
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