Today at the Facebook phone event, the company unveiled Facebook Home, an Android “app” that will change your phone’s home screen and core features. It will be released in the Play Store on April 12, with an update coming every month.
At first, Facebook Home will only work on selected devices, because the company needs to work with hardware partners to make it compatible. The HTC One, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note II will be compatible from the get-go. It seems like only Samsung and HTC worked with Facebook for now. The Nexus 4 won’t get it.
When it comes to tablets, the company said that it will come eventually. In “several months,” tablet users will be able to install Facebook Home, assuming that you are using an Android tablet. Facebook simply said that the tablet experience “was not done yet.”
“We think this will be a really great way to experience Home on facebook in tablets,” the company said. While Facebook is also launching a phone with HTC, releasing Facebook Home in the Play Store is a key element in the company’s strategy.
“The great thing about Android is that it’s so open,” Mark Zuckerberg said before introducing Home. “You don’t need to fork Android to do this.” Facebook knows that it will get many more users by making it available to Android users at large. When it’s just a download away, many people will be tempted to try Facebook Home out on April 12.