Facebook unveils ‘Home’ for Android phones

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — If users choose to download Facebook’s Home software starting on April 12, the social network will become the hub of their Android smartphones. A phone from HTC that comes pre-loaded with Home will also be available starting that day, with AT&T Inc. as the carrier.

The idea behind the software is to bring Facebook content right to the home screen, rather than requiring users to check apps.

The service is part of Facebook’s move to shift its users’ focus from “apps and tasks” to people, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters on Thursday.

The new product, which resides on the home screen of Android phones, is a family of apps designed to help people share things with their Facebook friends. Rather than seeing a set of apps for email, maps and other services when they first turn on their phones, users will be greeted with photos and updates from their Facebook feeds. There will be ads too, eventually.

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