Posted 04/08/2013 at 11:03 AM
Posted 4 years ago
If you’ve been reading our coverage of the new Facebook Home interface for Android and are counting down the days until the Friday, April 12th launch date, great news – you don’t have to wait as long as you think!
Providing you do not mind installing some Beta software on your smartphone, you can actually get your hands on the much-anticipated app today. Spotted by The Verge, a pre-release of Facebook Home has surfaced online today, giving Android users the chance to see what all the fuss is about. This early version has been published by MoDaCo and has been made freely available on the Mega cloud storage service.
According to The Next Web, three distinct APKs are required to get the ‘Home’ experience working: the Facebook app (Katana), the SMS messenger (Orca) and the launcher app (Home). From here, device requirements are only that a maximum screen resolution of 1280 x 768 is available, as well as the ability to uninstall your existing Facebook application.
The MoDaCo release is a good early taster of what to expect from the proper release, and The Verge says that the app will work on a wide range of devices, including the Google Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 tablet – two devices not on the list of compatible devices at launch.
This being an early release, though, does mean that there will be a certain amount of instability and users shouldn’t expect the full works. It has already been reported that the “Chat Heads” application does not work, but with only four days to go before the official release, that is something that can probably be lived without.
As always with leaked software, installing this version of Facebook Home is done at the user’s own risk.