Monday, April 22, 2013

Facebook Home hits 500,000 downloads and 52 percent one-star ratings

Facebook Home, the company's new Android launcher app that takes over the home screen and user experience of an Android device and gives it a Facebook-centric appearance, has reached 500,000 downloads, it was reported on Monday. The app has been available in the Google Play Store for about one-and-a-half weeks.

At the same time, AT&T launched the HTC First device, which ships with Facebook Home pre-installed. The phone is a low-to-mid-range device and costs $99, on contract.

Facebook first released the software in the U.S. on April 12; it rolled it out to international users on April 16. 500,000 is rather a tepid response, as Facebook has a global user base of over a billion. However, that disappointment should be taken with a grain of salt, as not only is Facebook still limiting its distribution to only a few Android devices (five, at the time of this writing), the app is not supported on iOS.

This sort of device integration is not possible on iOS, although some have enabled Chat Heads on jailbroken devices. In comparison, the main Facebook app on Android has between 100 million and 500 million downloads. While the number of installs has a caveat, the rating -- not so much.

In addition to its relatively low installation number, Home also has a very low rating, with the average rating being 2.2 stars as of early Monday morning Pacific time.

Among the reviews:

Amanda Hiett - April 16, 2013 - Samsung Galaxy S3 with version 1.0 - "Not as great as I thought"
So I downloaded the app, and within 10 minutes of downloading, I uninstalled. Was not impressed by this app at all. Might be nice for some people, but not me.

Mikel Boyd - April 22, 2013 - "Good concept"
Good concept but not for me, I enjoy facebook but this is just to (sic) much. It needs something but I can't put my finger on it...

Tim Hamstead - April 22, 2013 - Samsung Galaxy S3 with version 1.0 - "Terrible"
Just a bad app. Not intuitive or particularly aesthetically pleasing. A poor effort to add to the Facebook portfolio.

Brad Emerson - April 22, 2013 - Version 1.0 - "Er... The point being"
So. I can take my fully featured smart phone and turn it into a dumbed down Facebook terminal. No thanks. Best feature is the Chat heads.. oh wait, that's not actually part of home. Uninstalled.

At the time of this writing, 5,929 of the 11,443 reviews were one-star out of five. That amounts to 51.8 percent.

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