Facebook Home quietly expands to Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is extending its fledgling Home launcher to several high-profile Android smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia ZL.
Android Central reports Facebook has updated its flagship Android application to support Home--an alternative homescreen promising users more immediate and efficient access to Facebook social media services--across selected devices, but it has not overhauled the standalone Home app since Apr. 22. The report states that the Galaxy S4 and Xperia ZL now greet users with a popup asking if they wish to "Use Home Anyway." The HTC One does not generate the popup, but The Verge confirms that the device does run Home regardless.
Facebook introduced Home last month, with support initially limited to a handful of devices including Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, as well as HTC's One X and One X+. Facebook Home is also preloaded on the new HTC First, available from AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T).
Consumer interest in Facebook Home is scarce, however. Its Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play page indicates that only 500,000 to 1 million Android users have installed the Home app, essentially unchanged from first-week totals, and among the 16,000-plus Android device owners who've left feedback, more than half have awarded Home just one star, the digital storefront's lowest rating.
AT&T recently offered the HTC First for the clearance price of 99 cents, along with a two-year contract. An AT&T spokesperson told CNet the company runs this type of handset promotion all the time, although some observers said the sale price lends further credence to a recent note from Wall Street firm Sterne Agee stating "A local AT&T store we checked with told us it had not sold a single HTC First phone."
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