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Facebook Home Hit 500,000 Installs in Google Play Store

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htc-first-facebook-homeMade available in the U.S. on April 12 and internationally on April 16, Facebook Home has earned a moderate (though likely a less enthusiastic than expected) reception from mobile users.

Since it’s launch, nearly over a week ago, the Facebook-centric home screen replacement for Android smartphones has just seen ‘bump’ up to the ‘500,000 to 1 million downloads’ category in Google’s Play Store. With 11,602 user ratings at the time of this publication, the app is rated at two out of five stars — guess there’s some kinks that need to be kneaded out.

Most likely the main reason for the app seeing such a small amount of downloads in it’s first week (comparatively to other big app launches, like Instagram who say 1 million installs in it’s first day on Android) is the application’s short list of compatible options. Currently, Facebook Home can be installed on Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X and HTC One X+.

It is expected to roll out for other Jelly Bean devices soon and will be available for many upcoming top-tier phones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Still, that doesn’t explain it’s poor rating in the Play Store. What’s that about?

If anyone’s using Facebook Home, what do you like about it? Hate about it?

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