After The IPO: Facebook Survives Its “Year Of Living Dangerously”

facebook-numbers-stats-featured Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Facebook's public offering. It has arguably been the most volatile and momentous period in the company's roughly eight-and-a-half year history. Facebook went public in May of last year at $38 and closed Friday at just over $26. The low, last September, was $17.55. The volatility of the stock and the fact that it hasn't fully returned to its offering price may give many institutional investors reason to complain; but, most other statistics and metrics are up from a year ago. For example, Facebook has impressively been able to grow its mobile reven [...]

Google: We’re Okay With Facebook Home … For Now

facebook-home-google-featured One of Google's top executives says the company is okay -- for now -- with Facebook Home's presence on Android devices, but it may change its mind in the future. Sundar Pichai, who recently took over Android in addition to leading Google's Chrome and Apps efforts, spoke about Facebook's new Android experience in an interview with Wired's Steven Levy. Home essentially replaces the primary Android experience by converting the home and lock screens into a Facebook-based content experience through what Facebook calls "Cover Feed." As soon as Facebook announced Home, many wondered if Google w [...]

Facebook Home Crosses 1M Downloads Threshold In One Month

Facebook-Home-Logo It may not sound like much for a site with more than a billion users and 751 million mobile active users, but a million downloads of Facebook Home is significant. Facebook revealed the figure at a "whiteboard session" held yesterday at the company's Menlo Park, California headquarters. Home had 500,000 downloads as of April 21. So the number has doubled in a few weeks. Facebook also said the profile of users adopting Home was becoming "more normal" with each passing week. (It's not clear what "less normal" would mean in this context.) The Facebook Home app/launcher has been heavily malig [...]

Facebook Home Passes 500K Downloads, Gets Mixed Reviews

Facebook-Home-Logo Benedict Evans was the first to notice yesterday that Facehook Home had crossed the 500,000 download threshold on Google Play. That's in the ten days since April 12, when it was released. I'd say that's a decent, if not stellar, number given that Home is only available for select Android devices: Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X and HTC One X+. What's perhaps more interesting than the download numbers are the user reviews and comments. The app has a very mixed-to-negative rating overall: Below is a semi-representative sampling of some of the comments: "I tr [...]

Facebook Home Rolling Out Internationally Today

facebook-home-logo Facebook's new Android experience, Facebook Home, is launching outside the U.S. today. That's according to Facebook's Cory Ondrejka, who made the announcement today at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. The international rollout is of the Facebook Home app only; the phones that have it pre-installed won't be sold until later this year. Home launched less than two weeks ago in the U.S. on a limited number of Android devices. Among its features, Home essentially takes over the device's home and lock screens, pushing Facebook content to the user without him/her having to launch the Faceboo [...]

Facebook Home Arrives On Google Play

facebook-home-featured Ready to turn your phone into the Facebook Phone? Now you can, without having to buy a new device -- as long as you own one of a short list of selected phones and download the Facebook Home app from Google Play. The app is listed here within Google Play and should work for at least these devices: HTC One X HTC One X+ Samsung Galaxy S III Samsung Galaxy Note II It may work for phones beyond these. During its press conference last week, Facebook said Facebook Home would work for devices running the “Ice Cream Sandwich” version of Android (4.0) and the latest version of the Fa [...]

Facebook Home App Due Out On Google Play “In The Next Few Hours”

Facebook Home Anxious to turn your phone into a Facebook Home device? The app, which was due out today, still hasn't hit Google Play. But it's coming, Facebook reassures. NOTE: IT'S NOW LIVE, SEE Facebook Home Arrives On Google Play The Facebook Home site lists it as available for download, pointing here at the Google Play app store. Apparently, reports were that it was available to a few people for a limited time. But that URL now consistently generates an error. I asked Facebook what the situation was, and was told: You can expect to start seeing the download in the Play Store in the next few hou [...]

The HTC First: How Facebook’s New Phone Ruins FairSearch’s Competition Complaint Over Android

htc-first-featured Anti-Google lobbying group FairSearch lobbed an antitrust grenade at Google's Android operating system yesterday, complaining to the European Union that it violates competition laws. Unfortunately, this week's release of the HTC First -- the "Facebook Phone" -- may cause the grenade to bounce back at FairSearch. The FairSearch Complaint We covered FairSearch's complaint earlier, that Android is a "Trojan Horse" product that forces makers to include Google products. Actually, what we covered earlier was FairSearch's statement about the complaint. It hasn't released the actual complain [...]

Facebook Home Won’t Collect Notification Contents Or Data From Within Apps

facebook-home-notifications Since Facebook launched the Android experience 'Home' last week, a number of privacy concerns have arisen. What will Facebook see? Will they be able to access apps? Can personal messages be seen by Facebook? Well, Facebook has released a detailed Q & A on privacy, and the initial look is quite favorable for users who don't want to divulge their entire life to the social network. From a data analyzation and collection standpoint, Home has the potential to see and track nearly all communication; but, thankfully, it won't. Home will see how and when users interact with apps -- but not [...]

Awkward: Microsoft Rips Facebook, Says Windows Phone Is Real “People First” Device

facebook-punched-boxingglove-featured It was pretty obvious that both Google and Apple had reasons not to like Facebook's push into the phone space yesterday. But, while those companies haven't voiced any concerns publicly, Microsoft -- a Facebook investor and partner -- let loose with a blog post saying it has a "people first" phone for those who want the "real thing." Microsoft's "Real Thing" People Phone From today's post by Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of communication for Microsoft: I tuned into the coverage of the Facebook Home event yesterday and actually had to check my calendar a few times. Not to see if [...]

Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Chat Heads

facebook-home-phones Earlier, we covered the launch of Facebook "Home," the company's homescreen strategy for Android devices (also see live blog). As expected, Facebook also introduced a branded phone, the HTC "First." The First is available in the US exclusively from AT&T for $99 (locked and with a contract). There are lots of interesting implications from the announcement today that we'll explore in other stories in the coming days. However, in this post, I'll go through some of the basic features of Cover Feed and Chat Heads, as well as how Home affects the general Android handset experience. What [...]

Facebook Home Cover Feed Won’t Have Ads, Yet

facebook-home-logo Mark Zuckerberg told Marketing Land at the Facebook Home announcement today that ads will not be served on the new Cover Feed at the launch. Zuckerberg confirmed that they are planning ad units, but they won't roll out for some time. More Facebook Home Coverage Facebook Launches 'Home' – A New Android Home Screen Experience Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Chat Heads While "Facebook Home" Keeps Google, Search Is Harder To Reach Live Blog: The Facebook Android "Home" Phone Event [...]

Facebook Launches ‘Home’ – A New Android Home Screen Experience

facebook-home-featured Facebook has just announced Facebook Home, a new home screen experience that it's launching first on Android devices. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just previewed Home at an event that we're also live blogging as it continues. Facebook Home essentially turns the Android home screen and lock screen into a Facebook content-based experience with what it calls "Cover Feed." Content loads while the phone is sleeping, Zuckerberg says, and the user can then easily flip/swipe through it when waking up the phone. Facebook Home supports notifications that pop-up on the screen and can [...]

Live Blog: The Facebook Android “Home” Phone Event

Facebook Invite Is it a Facebook Phone? That's what everyone is expecting, and we'll know soon enough. UPDATE: We've written up the top-level announcements from today's event in our article, Facebook Launches ‘Home’ – A New Android Home Screen Experience. At 10am PT, the Facebook "New Home on Android" event gets going -- and we'll be live blogging. Watch the space below: Here's a more complete list of our Facebook Home coverage: Facebook Launches 'Home' – A New Android Home Screen Experience Facebook Home Cover Feed Won't Have Ads, Yet Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Cha [...]

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