Facebook Home passes one million downloads

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One million downloads

Facebook Home has been downloaded more than one million times from the Google Play store in its first four weeks.

The app launcher interface for Android allows its users to view their Facebook notifications, newsfeed posts and messages on their home screen, designed to improve the overall phone experience. Cory Ondrejka, vice president of Facebook, has said: "Home is the first product we've released that's really about 'mobile-best' and the transition beyond 'mobile first'."

The social media company revealed that user engagement has increased by 25 percent since the launch of Facebook Home. Meanwhile, its new chat head feature has resulted in a 7 percent growth in participation within its messaging service and 10 percent increase in volume of messages being sent.

Now available on more smartphones

Facebook Home was originally only available on a few devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II and HTC One X. Following an update to the Facebook app, Android Central notices that the software is now available on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

At present, Samsung Galaxy S4 users are greeted by a "Use Home Anyway" popup which enables you to load the Android launcher when tapped. Meanwhile, the HTC One has no notification, but Facebook Home can still run on the device.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: "While Facebook are said to be satisfied with the one million download figure, it would be interesting to know the number of active users of Facebook Home."