Tuesday, 9 April 2013

LEAKED: Install Facebook Home APK On Any Android Device

According to the official announcement, the app will be available on Play Store for select top-end HTC and Samsung phones on April 12th, and HTC First – the first smartphone built by HTC with Facebook’s collaboration that will ship with Facebook Home preinstalled – will also start shipping on the same day. Though if you can’t wait till the 12th to try out the Facebook experience, you’re in luck! Developer builds of Facebook’s new apps have been leaked, including the Home launcher, and they work on many existing Android devices. Let’s take a closer look at them after the jump.

Information about the leak comes courtesy of MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien, who also shared the installable APK files for everyone to try out on their devices. While Facebook Home will be officially available only on select Samsung and HTC devices on launch, this leak can be installed on any device running ICS or later, with a maximum screen resolution of 1280×768.

Upon sideloading all three APK files, you’ll get the option to use Facebook Home as your launcher upon pressing the Home button. Needless to say, you’ll need to sign in with your Facebook account credentials in the main Facebook app before anything works. Once done, launching Facebook Home will present you with a full screen view of posts from your timeline.

Tapping anywhere on the screen will bring up your Facebook display picture in form of a circle. When you tap-and-hold your avatar to drag it around, three buttons show up around it, on which you can drop it to access those features. The top button opens the app drawer, the left one is for the camera (not functional in this build), while the right one is a quick way to open your last accessed app.

You can swipe sideways on the home screen to scroll between posts, and the currently visible post’s image zooms out to full view while you do that. You can also like a post, access its comments, and post comments of your own to it using the available controls.

The ‘Apps’ button take you to a page dedicated to your app shortcuts, along with a few buttons on top to post a status, photo or check-in on Facebook, though these three aren’t functional in this build. You swipe to the right to access the full app drawer, from where you can also drag app icons to pin them to the shortcuts pane for quicker access.

Pressing the menu button lets you access settings for both Facebook Home and the Facebook app, where you can tweak options related to story sources for your home screen, notifications and a few other options related to the app.

In the little time that we played around with it, the app seemed to offer an experience that is sure to be appreciated by any heavy Facebook user, but that wouldn’t likely appeal much to a seasoned Android power user who is used to having access to a customized home screen.

Download Facebook Home Launcher 

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