Oh, Facebook Home: you arrived with a bang, you were interesting, different, and experimental… and then we utterly lost interest. You basically killed the otherwise promising HTC First. Suffice it to say, the vast majority of us gave up on you a long time ago. Well, while we moved back to our stand-alone Facebook apps, the company’s been working on breathing some new life into Home, and following some beta testing last month, has a new version of Facebook Home ready to install, bringing with it a few changes to its layout.
The overarching theme of these changes seems to be keeping Facebook content front-and-center, but striving towards a look-and-feel that’s more traditional Android.
For instance, look at the old Facebook Home lock screen, above and to the right: unless someone told you so, there’s nothing about this that even suggests it’s a lock screen in the first place. Contrast that with the lock screen from this new update, above and to the left, which is instantly recognizable for what it is.
Changes extend to the launcher, which gets customizable wallpaper and a Cover Feed shortcut.
Maybe this really is a case of too little, too late, but if you’re already an Android Facebook user (especially one who might have skipped over the initial Facebook Home launch), today’s update might at least be worth giving a quick look.