Facebook Home not an Android fork, actually quite tasteful?

Facebook Home not an Android fork, actually quite tasteful?Facebook is only set to show us its new Home on Android this afternoon, but at the rate the leaks are coming all it'll still have to do by then is to swing the car into the garage and shut the front door.

The latest pre-launch treat involves a trio of screenshots of Facebook Home in action, and they reveal a surprisingly restrained take on annexing your Android homescreen.

We're happy to take the screenshots on face value, as like yesterday's leaked render of the HTC First they come from the trusty @evleaks.

So what do they show us? The pair of images we've included above (full size here and here) hint that Facebook Home is exactly what we thought it was: a rewiring of core Android features to promote Facebook's services more prominently.

The screenshot of a full-screen photo with overlaid notifications (above, right) suggests that in a nutshell, Facebook Home will turn the basic operation of your Android phone on its head. Instead of Android coming first and Facebook getting a prominent mention, Home is Facebook coming first with the rest of the OS' features arranged around it.

Facebook Home not an Android fork, actually quite tasteful?Perhaps the most interesting glimpse of Facebook Home, however, comes in a third screenshot (full size here) showing a Facebookised app grid. Note the three options along the top to update your Status, take a Photo or Check In to Facebook Places. Once again, Facebook has tweaked things to make sure it's always on the surface of the OS.

The second point is the presence of the Google Play logo among the apps. Unless the chosen app icons have just been stuck in at random on a dummy screenshot (which is unlikely), it tells us that Facebook Home will still come with access to the Play Store.

Which seems to confirm Home isn't a full-blown Android OS fork, a notion that always seemed a bit far-fetched unless Facebook's been working on an app store entirely in secret. All will become clear when Facebook lifts the lid on Home – and the HTC First – at its Menlo Park campus at 5pm.

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corgi74  Apr. 4, 2013 at 09:23

Actually quite interested by this. Looks pretty good

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 4, 2013 at 10:01

Actually quite interested by this. Looks pretty good

It does look quite 'clean'... Kind of webOS meets BB10.

corgi74  Apr. 4, 2013 at 10:57

Actually quite interested by this. Looks pretty good

It does look quite 'clean'... Kind of webOS meets BB10.


That's exactly what I like. Clean, simple and unfussy.
I'm one of those strange people who likes things to be exactly how they are supposed to be. That's why I prefer iOS over Android as I personally can't stand customisation.
I actually get a bit OCD about it even to the point that my home screen iPhone icons MUST be in the same place as they were originally and if they move I freak out.
And don't even get me started on car customisation...

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 4, 2013 at 11:37

Hahaha...
Yeah, when I use Android I tend to try dozens of launchers, themes and ROM... And after two weeks I'm usually looking at a totally empty homescreen :p It's all ugly clutter.

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