It has just been a day since Facebook Home was launched in Google Play and yet Android users have already given the app a very poor rating. Perhaps the judgment may seem abrupt and unfair considering how the new house guest badly needed a warm welcome but users have a very good basis for their actions.
Initially, Facebook Home is accessible on a few selected handsets which include the HTC One X+, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and Samsung Galaxy S III. The week-old app features friends’ updates displayed in a full-screen, message sending, and other unique Facebook experience right on your gadget’s home screen.
Based on Google Play’s statistics of users who have used the app, 44 percent of them gave the Home launcher a rating of just one star. The higher rating of 2 stars was given by 14 percent of users. Likewise, 12 percent and 10 percent of users gave 3 stars and 4 stars respectively. The highest rating of 5 stars was given by 19 percent of those who believe the app was a great idea.
Users who gave the app just one star explained that Facebook Home seemed to have totally invaded their phone and controlled it too much. It had deprived them of the sheer experience they get in having a highly customizable platform that is inherent from an Android device.
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Almost everybody and their mother (Still haven’t accepted my Mom’s friend request), has a Facebook account. Nowadays, Facebook is not only used for personal use, but by businesses as well. A variety of businesses from your local small town deli, all the way up to big names like Nike, have a Facebook page and use it to create product awareness and customer engagement. Some companies will benefit from Facebook better than others.
One industry that could benefit immensely on Facebook without even realizing it, is the car dealer industry. Think about it, the car dealer industry is one based heavily on trust and lots of visuals. What better way to gain the customers trust, then to be a part of their social network, almost like becoming their “friend” if you will. By regularly updating your Facebook page with funny, informative, and engaging content, dealerships could potentially build a relationship with their customers.
Facebook also benefits the car dealer industry through visual media. Posting pictures of the cars both inside and out, so the customer can get a real good look at a car from the comfort of their home, can prove beneficial. Posting pictures of the staff can help customers get better acquainted with the happy faces at the dealership, making it a more comfortable visit when they visit the showroom. On top of this, commercials, sales posters, and other images can be easily broadcasted to the masses on Facebook and help you get the dealerships name out there.
If you manage a dealership and do not have a Facebook page, you may want to think about getting one, for the same reasons I listed above. Social media is becoming the future of business more and more as time goes on. Essentially, Facebook is a free and powerful marketing tool when it is used correctly. When it comes to selling cars, why not post it on Facebook for tons of people to see?
It’s not surprising that barely a week after Facebook unveiled its newest app, there’s already a beta version that can be downloaded. Several websites have already included links and instructions on how to download Facebook Home so those who can’t wait until the 12th can give it a spin.
Before you start downloading, bear in mind that Home will only run on devices with 1280 × 768 resolution or less and those that can uninstall Facebook. A Galaxy Nexus would be the ideal handset to try it on. If your device meets these requirements, then you should completely uninstall Facebook from your smartphone and install the three APK files. The three files carry the launcher for the Facebook Home, the apps and its Messenger. Of course, like any beta or unofficial software, installing these files carry risks.
Some users have been able to successfully install the leaked Facebook Home. But they’ve noticed that the software is still crawling with bugs and most of the features Facebook has boasted about are not working yet. For instance, the Chat Heads feature doesn’t run. But this might be caused by a backend that’s not yet activated.
I know many would love to get the Facebook Home as soon as they can. But going for an unauthorized version of it might not be the best move right now. After all, the real Home will come out in a few days, so why not just wait for it?