Posted 04/22/2013 at 8:35 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Having been available in the US since April 12th and globally since April 16th, Facebook Home, the much hyped Android app, has surpassed the 500K milestone.
The app’s listing in the Google Play Store notes between 500,000 and 1,000,000 downloads, while Ben Evans confirmed the news on Twitter yesterday.
Reaching half a million downloads nine days after launch could be seen as a significant achievement were we talking about a small startup, however, this is Facebook – the world’s biggest social network and a globally recognized brand. After all of the coverage surrounding the app, it would have been reasonable to expect a large number of early downloads from people purely interested in seeing what all of the fuss is about, but it seems that Android users are just simply not bothered by what is essentially a user interface taking over the smartphone experience.
As TechCrunch points out, the numbers are made even more insignificant when compared to Facebook’s own Instagram app, which reached five million downloads within just five days of its release on Android. Those are huge numbers and the social network must have been secretly expecting something similar with the launch of Home, although, there are extenuating circumstances, as the app is currently only available for users of the new HTC One First, HTC One X and One X+, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.
Of the 500,000 people that have downloaded the app, reviews have so far been mostly negative. Of the 11,187 user reviews at the time of writing, there have been a massive 5,769 one star ratings, with only 1,841 giving the UI full marks. Most of the complaints are in relation to poor battery life, with some claiming to have uninstalled the app as a result.
Low uptake coupled with poor reviews? Facebook wouldn’t have been expecting this when unveiling its new Home on Android earlier in the month. Things should pick up when the app is made available on more Android devices; however, there is no getting away from the fact that it has been a less than impressive start for Mark Zuckerberg’s latest venture.