Facebook unveils the all "HOME'' a new 'Family of all Apps for Android

Facebook, in an effort to keep mobile audiences always affixed to its social network, is showing off a new "Home" on Android at a press event at its Menlo Park headquarters.
Facebook Home consists of a family of the social network's apps that become the home of your Android phone. With Home, the device's home screen transforms into "Cover Feed," or a visually reach version of News Feed for your phone . Home also includes a more picture-perfect version of messaging complete with a Facebook-invented feature called "Chat Heads," and colorful notifications that include friends' pictures.
The social network showed off the software, which can be downloaded to a limited number of Android phones starting on April 12, and also invited partner HTC to unveil the HTC first, the first smartphone to come with Facebook Home preinstalled. HTC CEO Peter Chou said the new device, arriving on April 12 exclusively with AT&T, represented a "great opportunity to bring mobile and social together."
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"We're not building a phone and we're not building an operating system," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. "We're building something a whole lot deeper than an ordinary app." Today, phones are designed around people, not apps, Zuckerberg said. "We want to flip that around."
The social network aims to flip the current model with a Facebook-centric view of your world. Messaging, in particular, has been tailored around people. The Facebook Home-modified functionality offers users a way to engage in multiple conversations with a single tap, and includes something called "Chat Heads," which are basically interactive profile pictures that you can have a little extra fun with.
Chat Heads offer message previews and allow members to dive into conversations on tap. They're enmeshed within the entire phone experience, which means you'll find active Chat Heads sitting atop the screen as you do other things. The flying heads, which you can flick around with reckless abandon, work with both Facebook messages and standard text messages.
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