Facebook COO Sandberg acknowledges Facebook Home issues, is optimistic about its future


Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) isn't too worried about the first iteration of Facebook Home for Android, in spite of the stream of poor reviews it received on Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play, according to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Speaking at the D11 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Sandberg explained, "It's very bimodal. We get 5s and we get 1s--there's very little in the middle," as quoted by VentureBeat. Over 18,000 users have submitted Home reviews to the Google Play storefront, but more than half have rated Home only one star.

Sandberg, however, remained optimistic about the platform. "We believe that phone will get reorganized around people and Home is first iteration of that," she said, according to Forbes.

"If they are heavy Facebook users, the metrics are working well for us. They are using Facebook 25 percent more, and they are messaging more," she said, according to ABC News. Sandberg said that Facebook Home is undergoing a large transformation and that Facebook remains committed to releasing monthly updates to the platform

Last week, Facebook announced it would be halting production of the HTC First, the first device to be preloaded with Facebook Home, in the U.K. "We've listened to feedback from users on their experience using Home," Facebook said in a prepared statement given to The Verge. "While many people love it, we've heard a lot of great feedback about how to make Home substantially better. As a result we're focusing the next few months on adding customization features that address the feedback we received." The U.S. version of the HTC First is also not selling well, according to a number of reports.

In other Facebook news, Sandberg announced that over 80 percent of the top iOS apps and 70 percent of the top Android apps tout Facebook integration.

For more:
- see this WSJ story
- see this Venture Beat story
- see this ABC News story
- see this Forbes story

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