Thoughts on a Facebook Home Screen

Josh Constine for TechCrunch:

Last week, Facebook sent out invites to a big press event to “see our new home on Android”. My sources got us the scoop that Facebook plans to unveil a new homescreen for Android that pipes in its news feed content and notifications for instant access. We’re told this experience will be debuted on an HTC handset running a version of Android that’s been modified by Facebook. The homescreen replacement is also likely to make its way to other handsets, either in the form a launcher app that can run on standard Android builds, or through Facebook partnerships with other OEMs.

A Facebook home screen could be interesting, but it could just as likely be a non-factor in the mobile phone market. At best, it could be something somewhat similar to Google Now. The problem is that it would be very limited when compared to the true Google Now.