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Facebook Home is coming to the iPhone, sort of

Will arrive as an updated iOS app
Tue Apr 16 2013, 15:53
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SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook said on Tuesday that it will offer Facebook Home features on iOS in the form of an updated app.

Facebook announced Home earlier this month as a custom overlay for Google's Android mobile operating system, in order to focus more on people than applications. The service offers a completely Facebooked Android user interface with a focus on friends' status updates and photo posts, as well as a messaging tool called, ridiculously, Chat Heads.

Although we're still not convinced by the service, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said on Tuesday that some Facebook Home features will soon be available on the iPhone.

These features will arrive, not very excitingly, as a new iOS app. Sandberg said Facebook wasn't able to take the whole skin to iOS due to the closed nature of Apple's mobile operating system, but said that the firm was focusing on a new Facebook for iPhone app that will offer a "more immersive Facebook experience".

"We are going to release a new version [of our mobile app] on iOS, very soon ... You will see some of the features from Home will be launched with Apple," the Wall Street Journal quoted Sandberg as saying.

Facebook kept quiet on which Home features it will be bringing to iOS, but given that Home doesn't boast too many features to begin with, it shouldn't be too hard to guess. We're assuming, for example, that Chat Heads will be included as well as a design refresh to bring the app in line with Facebook Home, although Facebook was unable to confirm this.

Facebook Home is expected to be released for Android phones in the UK soon, although the social network did not announce a release date. We do know, however, that the first so-called "Facebook phone", the HTC First, will debut on EE this summer. µ

 

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