Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th May 2013 22:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The reviews are in: Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg's grandiose stab at totally controlling our mobile experience, is an unmitigated disaster. On Wednesday, AT&T announced that it was dropping the price of the HTC First smartphone, which comes with Facebook Home built in, from $99 to 99 cents. Think about that: a new smartphone, priced to jump off the shelves at Dollar General. It's a great deal, but it is also hugely embarrassing for Zuckerberg. [...] For confirmation we need only look at the Google Play store, where the Facebook Home app, which can be installed on select Android phones, has now fallen to the No. 338 ranking in the category of free apps. That's 200 spots lower than it ranked just two weeks ago." Totally did not see this coming whatsoever.
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One million downloads sounds like a lot, but you have to remember that there are roughly 1.1 billion Facebook subscribers. And does that one million figure include the phones sold with it pre-installed? And how many of those one million turned right around and deleted the app five minutes after installing it? Based on the Play Store reviews, probably a good many.

I love the concept, don't get me wrong. And I'd love to see Google do something similar with their social network. I just think Facebook should have worked out the more serious bugs before unleashing it on the masses. Also, I'm not enjoying the buggy "features" trickling in from Home to the iOS app. Facebook could learn a lot from Google in this area; I've found the iOS version of Google+ to be even better than the Android version, which is really puzzling.

*Edited to fix the stats on current FB subscribers.

Edited 2013-05-11 06:36 UTC

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