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Today the brand new Facebook Home social network experience for Android has been revealed. It’s the companies own fresh take on how Android should feel, completely wrapped in Facebook‘s world. There’s still plenty of questions regarding the future of Facebook on mobile, and the regular app, but for now we had a few comments regarding how the newly announced Facebook Home app will differ from the experience out of the box – like with the embedded and integrated system of the HTC first phone.
Facebook Home will be coming to an array of Android devices like the HTC One, One X, Galaxy S III, Note II and more over the coming weeks, and will hit the Google Play Store on April 12th. However, for those who love Facebook and opt to buy the newly announced HTC first – also available April 12th – the experience will be different. And is it worth it to buy a phone specifically made for Facebook Home?
That question can only be answered by you since you’ll be using it, but here’s what we know. The HTC first and other devices that come with Facebook Home out of the box will have a few unique features to make the experience even better. Things like the intuitive and new style of Facebook Home and the Cover Feed will be able to access all notifications, not just a few Facebook-related ones. The video below is an extended look at the HTC first and Facebook Home, but around 5 minutes in we talk about the difference between the native experience, and the app from the Play Store.
This means Instagram, Spotify, and any and all 3rd party apps you download will also work with Facebook’s notification system should you choose – as long as you buy a “Facebook Phone.” For all those two opt to simply get the app from the Google Play Store the notifications will be standard to Android, and only Facebook’s Cover Feed of missed calls, texts, messages, friends, chat heads and such will be a part of the experience.
So in the end this isn’t a huge deal, but the level of integration will be more seamless and perfected if you purchase the HTC first, or any upcoming Facebook Phones that launch with Home out of the box. We’re also hearing Facebook Home the app will have ads just like Facebook currently does, and the dedicated phones like the HTC first won’t. So that’s a biggie too. We’ll report back when we know additional details.
For those extremely excited about Facebook Home, does this change your mindset moving forward for buying a device or just downloading the app? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
- Facebook Home event: We’re here live!
- Facebook announces Chat Heads to make communication seamless on mobile
- Facebook Home will be available for download on April 12
- HTC first revealed: the Facebook Phone lives
- HTC first available for pre-order today: Hits AT&T April 12 for
- Facebook Home: Cover feed, Chat heads, Notifications and other apps
- Facebook Home support for future devices detailed – Samsung up next
- HTC first and Facebook Home hands-on
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While the announcement of Andy Rubin handing over the Android reigns to Sundar Pichai was shocking, the blogosphere was even more upset and surprised by Google’s decision to shut down Google Reader, as a part of its second “spring cleaning.” Google’s decision was based on the simple fact that “while the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.” Well, that angry “loyal following” has decided to let Google know its feelings on the subject, using the best way to get your point across nowadays, with a change.org petition to save Google Reader.
The petition, started by Dan Lewis, features a moving request by the petitioner to keep Google Reader running, with passages including -
“Our confidence in Google’s other products — Gmail, YouTube, and yes, even Plus — requires that we trust you in respecting how and why we use your other products. This isn’t just about our data in Reader. This is about us using your product because we love it, because it makes our lives better, and because we trust you not to nuke it.
So, please don’t destroy that trust.”
Google Reader supporters have certainly risen to the occasion, with the petition already nearing the 50,000 signatures in a day. In fact, at the time I started writing this article, it was at around 40,000, and in the short time since, the number has already reached 46,000, which is great.
If you’d like to sign the petition, you can do so here.
The question is, is Google going to listen? Is there any advantage to keeping Google Reader running for the company? Is this petition going to make a difference? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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