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First impressions of Facebook Home for Android are a surprising “Like”

April 12, 2013

Gigaom

Color me surprised: Facebook(s fb) Home is actually a well designed, slick piece of software. The launcher became available in the Google Play store on Friday afternoon, as expected, and I installed it on my Galaxy Note 2, which is one of five Android(s goog) phones that initially support the app. Prior to Facebook Home availability, I had installed the updated Facebook Messenger app as well, finding it to be easy to use and filled with some nice features.

In no particular order, here are my first impressions of Facebook Home:

  • Having news feed updates and photos on the lock screen almost compel you to double-tap and “Like” these items. There’s simply no barrier between you and the content and I found myself swiping and liking far more than I usually do. (Mission accomplished, Facebook.) I can zip through my news feed very quickly with Facebook Home.
  • On the 5.5-inch…

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