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Home is where the heart is: Facebook Home downloads top 500,000

Published Apr 22nd, 2013 8:00AM EDT
Home is where the heart is: Facebook Home downloads top 500,000

Facebook’s new Home software saw mixed reviews from those who took an early look at it, but tech bloggers and reporters aren’t exactly Facebook’s target market. Among Facebook’s heavier users, the software seems to have piqued a fair amount of interest. As TechCrunch noted over the weekend, Facebook Home downloads from the Google Play app store topped 500,000 on Sunday. The figure doesn’t seem terribly impressive at first sight considering that more than a billion people use Facebook each month, but the software is only available on five different handsets for the time being so it’s certainly a respectable start.

Facebook Home is a home screen and app launcher replacement for Android that puts Facebook photos, shared links and status updates at the center of the user interface, providing fast and easy access to Facebook content and services. The software is available for free in Google Play, and is currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, HTC One X, One X+ and the HTC First.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.