At the beginning of April, it looked like Facebook was set to take over Google’s ubiquitous mobile operating system, with the Facebook Home Android UI and, er, the HTC First.
Sadly for Team Zuckerberg, Facebook Home has been almost universally panned by its early adopters. However, oddly attractive COO Sheryl Sandberg still has high hopes.
Looking at the Google Play stats, Facebook Home has scored over a million downloads, but of the 17,800+ who’ve cared to review it, more than half (9,100+) have awarded it one star. Eek.
Speaking at the AllThingsD conference thingy (where approximately 99.1% of this week’s mobile news has emanated from), COO Sheryl Sandberg reminds us that Facebook Home is at an early stage.
“We consider [Home] a v.1, a very early version,” purred Sandberg. “We would love if we could put out a v.1 version and get everything right.”
To be fair, features such as Cover Feed and Chat Heads have gone down alright, even if the UI experience on the whole hasn’t been a hit.
“I think it will be a long road,” mused Sandberg. “[The smartphone is] an incredibly powerful device and social device. We believe that the phone will get reorganized around people — Home is the first iteration of that.”
Is it really the first iteration? Windows Phone is fairly people-centric, which possibly explains why it has 0.00000001% market share (slight exaggeration).