Overview Facebook Home: Spoon exists
In the cult movie "The Matrix" has a scene in which a young contender for the role of the "chosen" Neo says: "Do not try and bend the spoon - that's impossible. First you need to understand the main thing - there is no spoon." Something like that during the presentation of Facebook Home Mark Zuckerberg was trying to convey: the operating system in the smartphone does not exist, just as there is no application, there are only friends and family. The idea of fun, and probably even correct. One way or another, but we are buying smart phones to connect with people, and therefore people should be in the foreground. But Zuckerberg offers solutions to this challenge?
After hearing about the Facebook Home for Android I expected from some of sophisticated solutions, because in the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park operates a number of talented developers and engineers. But in a social network, it seems, did not know how to approach the solution of the problem, so went through the arduous experiments. Let's see what it led to Facebook. Despite the expected "operating system from the Facebook", in fact, Facebook Home - an add-on interface Android. Installed it without root and other program changes directly from the Play Market, but so far only four phone (not counting the HTC First ): Samsung Galaxy SIII and Note II , as well as theHTC One X and One X +. For other models, probably, Home will appear over time, and how soon, depends on their popularity.
After the installation, which happens quite quickly, the system asks which interface to use. Opt Facebook Home. On the home screen, there also appears photograph a sculpture by Rodin - this is my friend at "100 masterpieces of world sculpture," I managed to get it too, I put a "Like".
But this enchanting beginning is deceptive. Facebook Home transforms the usual Android desktop into endless pictures, over which white letters sometimes comes through the text. And as people are added to Facebook is a variety of information is not always in the film will be beautiful photos, or at least the ones that have meaning for you.
Filter this information can not be, the settings in Facebook Home virtually none.
So, at this stage, it is one of the most extravagant ways to read Facebook, but not the most comfortable.
In this case, Facebook developers managed to hide the program so well that even the experienced user does not immediately realize how to access them. And what's funny, they are also not taken care of fast access to important applications such as the "Phone", "Messages", "camera", etc. All of them, literally, hidden behind the wall of your friends.
To find a program, you need to click on your avatar that will appear when you touch the display, and pull it up. With this simple gesture, a user enters something like the desktop where you can place shortcuts to applications. But more than anything, the widgets in the Android Facebook Home simply do not exist.
To get a list of all the programs from this screen to move to the left. This opens the familiar Android users menu.
The whole system is not just difficult, it is not logical.
The only really enjoyable novelty that comes to Android with the advent of Facebook Home is the new Facebook Messenger with an interesting approach to the message interface called ChatHeads. It is a notification of a new message in the form of a round avatar man that appears on top of other programs.
In this case, clicking on the avatar displays a pop-up window, right where you can write and send a reply.
ChatHeads work only with installed Facebook Messenger and even without the Home, but the latter allows you to integrate Messenger and SMS-message. True, it's not so big and important function for the sake of it to put Facebook Home.
To conclude this brief overview, I want to pass all the same Mark that "there is a spoon." Despite the desire to push the Facebook operating system and applications on a second or even a third plan, the current implementation it was for the social network a daunting task. We buy smart phones to connect with people, but we are important programs that we use to do it. Facebook Home does not carry those innovations that could be expected from the world's most popular social network. In fact, this is an experiment that we have presented in the form of the finished product. But very few people want to be the "guinea pig", so if you do not feel a strong need for something experimental, Facebook Home I bet you do not advise. At least, until Facebook will not bring this interface to mind.