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Old 04-04-2013, 19:08
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025729

Will probably give it a try, but not a massive FB user so will have to see.

Interesting that they've gone the Android route rather than the Apple way.
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Old 04-04-2013, 19:18
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Only available in the US I believe.
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Old 04-04-2013, 19:19
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I guess the phones will be the s3, galaxy note 2, HTC one X, HTC one, S4 and another HTC.
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Old 04-04-2013, 19:20
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It was so cringeworthy and a crap attempt at selling. Demise of facebook directly on screen. And they wonder why so many people are leaving facebook.

75 quid for a the first basic handset is probably a robbery.

Apple products all day long - you get what you pay for.
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Old 04-04-2013, 19:26
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I guess the phones will be the s3, galaxy note 2, HTC one X, HTC one, S4 and another HTC.
HTC 1st is the 'first' handset with Facebook Home which just relies on your home screen being filled with profile pictures as icons rather than apps (he could have used the word 'interfaces' to refrain from plugging Apple..

Zuckerberg and all the other presenters did not perform well.

Got shares, kissed em goodbye last week.
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Old 04-04-2013, 19:47
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HTC 1st is the 'first' handset with Facebook Home which just relies on your home screen being filled with profile pictures as icons rather than apps (he could have used the word 'interfaces' to refrain from plugging Apple..

Zuckerberg and all the other presenters did not perform well.

Got shares, kissed em goodbye last week.
Apparently Facebook home will run on 6 android devices in addition to the HTC first. Three Samsung devices and 3 HTC devices.
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Old 04-04-2013, 20:05
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I honestly can't see this being a massive success at all. The current apps are perfectly fine.
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Old 04-04-2013, 21:50
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025729

Will probably give it a try, but not a massive FB user so will have to see.

Interesting that they've gone the Android route rather than the Apple way.
I don't think Apple make a phone capable of running it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:03
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I honestly can't see this being a massive success at all. The current apps are perfectly fine.
Yup, there lies the problem.

Although many years back, I wouldn't have expected Facebook to be a success, yet their numbers keep growing.
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:11
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It was so cringeworthy and a crap attempt at selling. Demise of facebook directly on screen. And they wonder why so many people are leaving facebook.

Apple products all day long - you get what you pay for.
I agree its a little cringeworthy, but it is a fairly good looking interface. Definitely not for me, but I could easily understand those very connected teens and twenty somethings going for it in a big way - their lives have a bad habit of revolving around facebook.

Apple products - yup, you get overpriced, good looking, fragile kit that is chronically lacking in interface design flair and has a ridiculously pared down interface (and yes, I have an iPhone 4S).

Facebook subscriber figures
March 2011 - 664,032,460
March 2012 - 835,525,280
Today - 964,599,240
(and there are other figures claiming over 1 billion users)

Adding more than 100 million users in a year. That is not people leaving the platform.
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:40
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I think the HTC First that is the phone that this is first going be on sounds like a good value medium high level smartphone. But I agree I really can't see this selling that good it doesn't look good at all and honestly unless your life resolves round facebook [Which is sad in it's self] I can't see why the current app isn't fine for you.
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:08
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Tbh I don't use the app, although it's installed. I have a chrome shortcut to it instead. Far faster and more reliable than the app.
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:50
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I agree its a little cringeworthy, but it is a fairly good looking interface. Definitely not for me, but I could easily understand those very connected teens and twenty somethings going for it in a big way - their lives have a bad habit of revolving around facebook.

Apple products - yup, you get overpriced, good looking, fragile kit that is chronically lacking in interface design flair and has a ridiculously pared down interface (and yes, I have an iPhone 4S).

Facebook subscriber figures
March 2011 - 664,032,460
March 2012 - 835,525,280
Today - 964,599,240
(and there are other figures claiming over 1 billion users)

Adding more than 100 million users in a year. That is not people leaving the platform.
How many are active, non duplicate accounts though?
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:25
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Interesting that they've gone the Android route rather than the Apple way.
Facebook is all about advertising so competes more directly with Google.

I would assume they keep their app offering too, as am sure some people won't like Facebook crapping over their phone.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:43
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You have to be a serious fb user to let your phone be molested in this way.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:46
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You have to be a serious fb user to let your phone be molested in this way.
Got admit this seems like it only going be popular among the facebook addicts/stalkers.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:50
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Apparently Facebook home will run on 6 android devices in addition to the HTC first. Three Samsung devices and 3 HTC devices.
I dont understand why it is limited to certain phones?

What stops it being rolled out across the board?
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:13
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Yep,

if Facebook is always active then so are the adverts.
It will certainly be a slow creep of adverts, with none at first.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:14
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I heard it would be available for any Android device running ICS or Jellybean
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:23
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Turn your phone into an advertising platform ?
No thanks Mr Suckerturd
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:38
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I heard it would be available for any Android device running ICS or Jellybean
Yes, but only available in the U.S
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:50
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Yes, but only available in the U.S
Initially yes, but it is said to roll out elsewhere in the coming weeks
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:54
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Give Facebook greater integration into my phone? No thanks. I'll pass.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:59
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How many are active, non duplicate accounts though?
Facebook claim they have 1 billion active users per month.

I had a secondary account for a few months; I have one friend who keeps both a personal and professional page (for his music work). All that matters is the number of people logging on and using the service, which is what they're apparently reporting.

And if they can "convert" even a small percentage of those users over to their wrapper over android, they're going to be doing okay.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:52
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Tbh I don't use the app, although it's installed. I have a chrome shortcut to it instead. Far faster and more reliable than the app.
I have to agree that Facebook's attempts at an Android app have been pretty poor until very recently.

It was always much slower than just opening a browser and going to the site. I could never work out why it took several seconds to load the app while the website was almost instant on the same phone, with the same connection.

I'd like to see a much longer track record of making a reliable app before I let them mess with my phone to this level (plus I agree with other posters that ads will soon be all over this screen).
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