Facebook Home popularity increases, new features coming soon
A month after its launch, Facebook Home has reached 1 million downloads though we are not sure how many of the users who downloaded Home are still using it. However, according to Cory Ondrejka, those who have downloaded the app spend 25% more time on Facebook and leave 25% more daily comments and likes on the news feed. Chat Heads increases the social participation by 7% and 10% more messages are sent. If you consider only these facts, you may think that Facebook Home has made a big success. But if we take into account the other negatives emerging from the bad user experience, then the view could be different.
You know that Facebook Home buries many apps away from the whole screen. Additionally, you lose most of the personalization made before Facebook Home arrival. You lose apps, cannot find your widgets and folders and start wondering if your phone is still running Android or some other operating system. According to Ondrejka, all these issues will be resolved with the new features. Yesterday, Facebook released its first update – it won’t bring any new features but just improvements in the overall stability and performance as well as some bugs will be fixed. Actually the major changes can be expected later this year. The following changes will be made – a new NUX, a new Doc app, a Dash bar and a homescreen layer, instead of homescreen replacement.
Users love the tray of favorite apps staying at the bottom of the launcher, which disappeared in the Home. That’s why with the new updates Facebook will give users possibility to import their old dock or completely rebuild it from zero. The new Dock tray will stay locked at the bottom when you swipe up. Additionally, a buddy list will be added to Facebook Home so you will be able to start the conversation faster. Last but not least, Facebook Home will respect the phone more and give you back the possibility of personalization and control over the device.