At the 1 Hackery Way, Menlo Park, California, event, Facebook Home, a replacement for standard Android phones homescreen--that features "full screen photos, status updates, and notifications."
Facebook has partnered with HTC, AT&T and other companies to offers Facebook Home out-of-the-box on their phones, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook Home works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, S4 and Note II.
HTC First smartphone with Facebook Home will available on April 12 for $99.99.
Home will be available as a free download from the Google Play Store starting April 12.
Here are the features:
- Cover feed replaces the lock screen and home screen and is a window into what's happening with your friends on your phones' home screen and lock screen.
You can flip through to see more stories, and double tap to like what you see.
- Chat heads lets you keep chatting with friends even when you're using other apps. "When friends send you messages, a chat head appears with your friend's face, so you see exactly who you're chatting with. Messages reach you no matter what you're doing," explains the company.
"Chat Heads means you don't have to decide whether to read a message or keep using your current app. It lets communication flow across the phone experience. It's designed to let you tap in between multiple message threads."
You can move chat heads around and respond to messages. And since SMS is integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android, chat heads include Facebook messages as well as texts.
- Notifications with profile pictures lets you scrub through multiple alerts all at once. To open notifications, "just tap them."
And if you don't want to deal with them right now, "you can just swipe to hide them and keep flipping through cover feed until you want them back."
- Apps. by just a swipe you can see your favorite apps in the launcher. There's also a screen containing all of your apps, and you can drag your favorite apps to the launcher.
Below are some more photos of the Facebook Home features:
Update 04/05: While the Facebook Home that ships with the HTC First will have Google search built in, however, the Google Play version will not have Google search--and will required, you to pop into Chrome, open up a dedicated search app, or drop down into your old homescreen.
Facebook has posted first official promotional video for Home.