Facebook Home is now available for download in India for select Android phones from Google Play.
The app - or the 'launcher' in technical terms - was unveiled by the social-networking giant earlier this month and is designed to let users display mobile versions of their Facebook newsfeed and messages prominently on the phone's home screen. Also included is "chat heads" messaging service and "cover feed", both of which dominate users' home screens and continuously feed messages, photos, status updates and other content from Facebook's network.
Facebook Home (Review) was made available as a free download from the Google Play store in the US on April 12. It has now been extended to India and other countries across the world with the Google Play store. Facebook says Home works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II. Home is also said to work on the forthcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
There has been talk about Facebook Home coming to iPhone and Windows Phone-based devices, but without extensive cooperation from Apple and Microsoft, that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
"We're not building a phone and we're not building an operating system, but we are building something that's a lot deeper than an app," Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said at the Facebook Home launch at company's Silicon Valley headquarters earlier this month.
Facebook Home (Android, Free)
With agency inputs