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May 13, 2013

Facebook Silently Updates Facebook Home Support, Adds it to New Devices

Inundated in the mounting negative reactions to its Facebook Home Launcher as AT&T, Facebook has lowered the price of the HTC First to only 99 cents and has added support for the HTC One as well as unofficial support for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The social networking giant made these changes without the slightest bit of buzz. They were noticeable once the Facebook app received an update just hours after Facebook held a press conference at its Silicon Valley locale.

The Facebook Home launcher, which topped one million downloads but is largely a disappointment, has not been updated as of April 22.

The Galaxy S4 also sports a silent update. It now shows the option to “Use Home Anyway.” When tapped, the Facebook Home launches normally. On its HTC One, Facebook Home is functioning without the "Use Home Anyway" intercept.

It's weird that these changes just occurred without notice – but it is not weird that any of these devices are supporting Facebook Home, as both the HTC One and Galaxy S4 were listed as "supported" devices when Facebook Home was announced, but until now they'd been unable to officially run the launcher.

In addition to these changes, the Facebook app update has added a new notification – one that is “ongoing,” and exists in the app's notification pull-down menu. It can be switched off in the settings menu.

If you're one of the few out there who is eager to get your hands on Facebook Home, but your device has not been able to run it, you could be in luck now.

We can expect more changes and updates to Facebook Home as the company vows to improve the software, such as adding a swipe movement to bring up one's buddy list, and adding folders for quick and convenient access to apps. 

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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