The Facebook Home Android skin overlay launched by the firm last week has already passed the 500,000-download mark, despite mostly negative reviews from users.
The Home service is a custom Android overlay designed to bring Facebook’s features such as photos and status updates to the home screen of devices, as well as new features such as chat heads that allow users to message while using other apps. Facebook is hoping the update will further increase mobile use of its site to help boost dwell time and thereby boost advertiser interest in the site.
The Google Play store now notes that over 500,000 downloads have been racked up, suggesting a strong level of interest in the offering which is available on devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X and HTC One X+.
However, of over 11,000 reviews logged by users of the new service, the overwhelmingly majority, 5,796, gave it a one-star review, and the average score from the total reviews is just 2.2 out of five.
As part of the Home launch Facebook also confirmed that HTC would be launching a brand new device, called the First, that would come with the Home overlay built-in as standard. This has been on sale in the US since 12 April but no UK release date has yet been confirmed.
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