Facebook Reveals Its 'Home On Android'

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Owen Thomas, Business Insider

Facebook just wrapped up a presentation of its "new home on Android."

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It turned out to be literally that: a new Android app called Home.

Home takes over the Android experience, replacing a home screen which features Google-built services with social notifications from Facebook and elsewhere.

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Facebook is also partnering with wireless carriers and phone manufacturers to build Home into Android phones from the get-go. The first are HTC and AT&T, which are releasing the HTC One on April 12 for $99.99.

As expected, the HTC One is not a "Facebook phone"—meaning Facebook-designed hardware or proprietary software limited to a single model. Instead, Facebook Home is a regular Android app available through the Google Play store, and any compatible phone, including models from HTC and Samsung, will run it.

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Here are live notes from the event.