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Facebook `Home` bogs down access to other apps

Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:16

New York: Facebook`s new mobile software `Home` that takes over the homescreen of an Android phone, makes surfing the social network fast and easy, but bogs down access to other apps that can be annoying for some users, a report has said.

The new app exclusively for Android operating system makes the smartphone and its other apps secondary to the social networking site.

Facebook Home turns your phone`s homescreen into a window to your status updates, pictures, and other activities on the site by your friends.

According to the News York Daily News, this can be lovely if your friends are talented photographers, or these uninvited guests can be frustrating for people who would rather personalize their screens themselves.

The most innovative feature of the new software is the "chat head," a circle with a friend`s face or profile pic that you can tap to keep instant-messaging your bud even when you`re running other apps.

SMS is integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android, too, so the chat heads do double-duty for text and Facebook messages.

You can position your chat head s anywhere on your screen, and receive texts and IMs while simultaneously firing off emails, Googling or listening to tunes.

The paper also pointed out that that this app, however, is an extra step to reach all other non-Facebook apps on your phone.

Therefore, it takes longer to access your camera, email, search engine and so forth.

It`s a process to do anything besides go on Facebook, the paper said.


First Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:16
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