In a move that most people saw coming, Facebook recently announced the completion of their own Facebook branded cellphone, the HTC First.
Although the basic look and function of the phone will be comparable to what already exists, Facebook has also given the phone a unique user interface called Home.
Facebook emphasizes that the Home user interface is not a new app or operating system. It is instead designed to run cohesively with existing Android phone technology. It will live in the space that would traditionally be occupied by a screen lock or a screen saver and basically serve as the gateway to all other functions on one’s phone.
According to Zuckerberg “The homescreen is the soul of your phone.We think it should be deeply personal.”
Home also features a new kind of phone display called Cover Feed and a messaging system called Chatheads.
Although the HTC First comes exclusively loaded with Home, the user interface will be available for most new Android phones on April 12, and on tablets later this year.
Zuckerberg also stated that “More than 20 percent of our time on our phones is spent on Facebook,” said Zuckerberg. “No other activity is close” .
I guess if you think about it though, he’s probably right. So, I’ll just go ahead and say it, “Welcome, Home”.