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Facebook Home Now Available for Download

By Evan Niu, CFA - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:53PM

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HTC First also launches as the first device with Home pre-installed.

Social network Facebook's (FB 1.39%) new Home suite of software apps and features is now available for download in Google (GOOGL 2.37%) Play. Only a select number of newer devices made by Samsung and HTC are currently supported.

HTC also launched its First smartphone today, which is the first device to include Facebook Home pre-installed and exclusive to AT&T. The HTC First is a midrange phone priced at $100 on contract. Facebook Home may be turned off on the First, leaving users with a stock Android operating system.

Facebook Home is an important mobile strategy for the social network to increase user engagement, and was officially unveiled last week. Home is a layer of services that get integrated into Android devices. Part of Home is a Cover feed that replaces a smartphone's home and lock screens and shows what friends are doing. There are also ways to chat and message friends more easily, as well as a notification system.



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