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Facebook Home Added To HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4

Written by on May 10, 2013 in HTC, Samsung - No comments

Facebook HomeIn spite of the HTC and Facebook’s failed efforts to make the HTC First the first totally Facebook phone, Facebook Home has been quietly rolled out on two top-tier smartphone models.

We reported yesterday how Facebook’s flagship smartphone for running their new Facebook Home suite of mobile apps, the HTC First, has failed miserably in the world marketplace, with both companies agreeing to sell the device for only .99 cents. The revelation is a stunning move that calls into question whether Facebook still has the brand appeal to successfully enter the smartphone market down the line as a manufacturer and designer.

While the HTC First came with Facebook Home fully installed, the platform had also been available for download for several other devices as well, which include the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II. However, this list has now expanded to include both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

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According to Tech Crunch, however, the launch of the Facebook Home has been lackluster at best in terms sof its downloads and number of users:

Yesterday Facebook reported that Home is nearing the one million downloads mark. Crucially the company is not breaking out active users, though, so there’s no solid data on how much people care for Zuckerberg’s mobile takeover. Judging by Google Play reviews, the answer appears to be not a whole lot right now. Home has had just over 16,000 reviews on Google Play, and is currently languishing with a two-star rating. The downloads trajectory also looks to be tailing off, judging by Play’s data — which may be partly down to the limited circle of devices with support for Home.

Clearly, the plan for Facebook is to try and onboard Home into as many high-profile devices as possible, since the more devices that feature the software already installed — or at least are made available for download — the more users it can onboard. However, considering the poor performance of the HTC first, as well as users’ reluctance to onboard into the software, it is beginning to look like the effort could be relegated to the dustbin of countless other failed social media-oriented endeavors by top tech companies that failed to meet the mark.

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