Facebook has caused quite the frenzy with their recent release of Facebook Home this past Friday for US users. Google Play reviewers made sure to let you know exactly how they felt. 1 star raters called Facebook Home a downgrade and battery drainer while 5 star reviewers were elated by the simplicity of chatting with their friends at any time. Currently, the average rating is a neutral 3.6 out of 5 on Google Play.
But will Facebook and Android listen to the complaints of their users? This debacle is reminiscent of the iPhone iOS6 release. Users were outraged that Google’s applications were no longer included in their operating systems. All hell broke loose when users attempted to navigate through iOS6 maps and were quickly veered off a path of no return. After quite the upset, both Apple and Google each released their solution to resolve the defect, making Apples users alike happy again.
Let’s face it, no one likes change. We saw a similar outrage once Facebook released Timeline, many users threatened to discontinue usage of the social networking giant. The truth is, social media has allowed us to be way too connected to our families, friends and co-workers whose lives we would miss if we simply disconnected from Facebook. From children leaving the nest and going across state for college, family members spreading across the entire globe to documenting major life milestones, Facebook allows you to never miss those important moments.
So how will things change for Android users now that Facebook has taken over their operation system? Facebook reigns Home as “The family of apps that puts your friends at the heart of your phone”, literally making your entire cover feed Facebook centric. The way we communicate with each other has drastically changed since the pre-historic phone lines, Prodigy and AOL instant messenger (AIM). With Facebook Home, you never have to juggle from your text messages, WhatsApp and Viber ever again. You can send, receive texts and Facebook messages all in one place while chatting with your friends anywhere on your browser by simply dragging their chat heads.
We analyzed the social and traditional media from the weeks leading up the launch including the launch of HTC and AT&T releasing the first smartphone with Home preloaded in the interference. What was the consensus? Beggars can’t be choosers. At the risk of sounding cheesy, change is upon us and whether you like it or not, Facebook Home is here to stay on your Android. As technology begins to evolve, people will continue to fight it in a fear of change but in this high-tech world we live in, nothing is static.
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