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Study: More than 90% of U.S. smartphone owners have no interest in Facebook Home

Zach Epstein
June 25th, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Facebook Home Study

Facebook had the right idea with its Facebook Home strategy, but the devil is always in the details. The company’s mobile software is incredibly invasive and most users who try it don’t seem to like it at all. And as for drawing customers in by selling smartphones with Facebook Home pre-installed, the company’s first effort with the HTC First was a monumental flop. Facebook indeed has quite a bit of work to do if it hopes to convince smartphone users to take another look at Facebook Home once it is updated, and a new study quantifies just how steep the hill is that Facebook will have to climb.

According to a recent study conducted by YouGov, only one in 12 smartphone owners in the United States is interested in using a phone running Facebook Home. More than 91% aren’t interested at all. The study, commissioned by mobile app maker BiTE interactive, polled 1,000 U.S. adults including 455 smartphone owners.

Other key findings among users who owned Android phones:

  • Over half (55 percent) will not download Facebook Home
  • Those between the ages of 35-49 years old are most likely to download Facebook Home (47 percent)
  • Those between the ages of 18-34 years old are least likely to download Facebook Home (29 percent)
  • More females are interested (41 percent) in downloading Facebook Home over males (31 percent)

“Facebook Home solves Facebook’s needs for more user data, but what does it solve for its users?” Joseph Farrell, EVP Operations at BiTE interactive, said in a statement. “With Home, Facebook presents its desire to shift focus from ‘apps to people.’ However, it appears users are rejecting Facebook Home’s assumed position of dominance as a layer above all other apps.”

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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