Facebook Home hits 500K downloads in 5 days

Facebook's new 'home' on Android, Facebook Home, has surpassed 500,000 downloads on Google Play since its launch just five days ago. Facebook Home's entry on the Google Play store has been updated to advertise the milestone.

TechCrunch compares the app's success so far to Instagram's reception when it was first released for Android users, garnering over 1 million downloads in its first day. With over 1 billion users, Facebook likely hoped for a better response to its Android user experience.

Facebook Home has seen decidedly mixed reviews since its launch, gaining pretty poor reviews on the Play store, with 5,627 out of 10,930 users giving the app just one star:

Whilst the Google Play store doesn't provide exact data on individual app installations, the app is currently listed in the 500,000 to 1,000,000 downloads category. 

Given the lower-than-expected popularity of the app, Facebook may be looking to launch Home on both the Windows Phone and iOS platforms to garner more support. Users thus far have complained the app is simply too intrusive, doing away with the Android lock screen that offers at least some level of privacy. With Home, your friends' status updates and photos sail unassumingly across the screen, even while the device is locked.

The Play store, oddly, offers three favourable reviews below the outstandingly poor customer reviews. Look further, however, and you'll find hosts of users raising concerns about privacy, a factor the company has been consistently vilified for since the site's inception.

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im not even trying it - interesting how much i started to dislike the brand facebook. i guess its because of zuckerberg.

Good luck getting this on Windows Phone, how about Facebook instead just build/port a decent Facebook app for WP8 instead?

Neobond said,
Good luck getting this on Windows Phone, how about Facebook instead just build/port a decent Facebook app for WP8 instead?

It's already in WP in the form of the People Hub.

nothing is bad - but it does not offer the functionality of the native apps on the other platforms. some people do expect all functions.

One thing hurting them is lack of device support. My Galaxy S2 would be more than capable yet it is marked as not compatible. >.<

Same with the Galaxy Nexus, the leaked version worked fine on it however. Not something you will probably want to keep unless your mad about Facebook.

It's funny that many people are concerned about privacy regarding this app, yet they use android. It's known that android sends delicate (and often unnecessary) user information to developers upon the download of their apps.

kidjenius said,
It's funny that many people are concerned about privacy regarding this app, yet they use android. It's known that android sends delicate (and often unnecessary) user information to developers upon the download of their apps.

So does iOS and Windows Phone but Android gives more control. It also depends on what permission an app wants. there are other variables as well.

Also I think that the privacy issues mentioned in the article are mostly contained in the real world rather than the digital. It refers to the text swimming across the locked homescreen. This is just if someone else picks up your phone, they instantly have access unwillingly to your newsfeed contents..?

soldier1st said,

So does iOS and Windows Phone but Android gives more control. It also depends on what permission an app wants. there are other variables as well.

The company I work for has apps for all three platforms, and we have not received detailed information about the users who downloaded the apps on iOS nor WP like we have for Android (which we promptly discard). So obviously you do not know what you are writing.

how many believe there are people with malicious intent who gave it negative feedback without having interest in using this software? it happens a lot.

Melfster said,
I wonder how many put on their android devices then deleted it.

I'd say 5k - 6k judging by the 1 - 2 star reviews, assuming not all have but will, factor in some 3 - star people... would be an interesting stat we're sure to not get from Facebook lol

Alladaskill17 said,

I'd say 5k - 6k judging by the 1 - 2 star reviews, assuming not all have but will, factor in some 3 - star people... would be an interesting stat we're sure to not get from Facebook lol

Probably a lot more. Those are just the people who added a review. I installed it and the same day it was uninstalled, but didn't bother making a review then (or even rating the app).

For me it felt more like a limitation on my phone. I 'Facebook' 1-2 times per day but I do a lot of other things with my phone, and those things were pushed back too much for my phone to be efficient for me.

by looking at the ratings I would think that the 4 and 5 stars would have kept it.. looks to me that 25% would of actually kept it for use..

DaveBG said,
Many did but when you delete it it removes your install from the count.

no, the install count is keep.