“Facebook finally released a new mobile phone app called Home, which isn’t a full Facebook smartphone like some people wanted, but a step in that direction for the social media company,” Travis Hoium writes for The Motley Fool. “What it does is turn [a] Google Android phone into a giant Facebook app with constant updates.”
“At first, this may look like a positive step for Facebook or even another compelling reason to buy an Android phone. But I think it highlights the problems for both and will push consumers toward Apple,” Hoium writes. “The problem with so many different versions of Android and varying levels of modification is that it dilutes the experience for the user. An iPhone user knows how to use any other iPhone but every Android phone is different. The worst thing for Google is that a heavily forked Android device may not even use the programs Google was trying to promote in the first place.”
Hoium writes, “I have a Facebook account, but I’ve said before that I’m about ready to drop it. I just don’t need useless updates from people I don’t talk to on a regular basis. And I definitely don’t need those updates on my home screen. I think Facebook Home runs the risk of overloading people with too much social media… Where Apple has the lead over Android and now Facebook is in its consistent and elegant user experience. I think this highlights that difference and will comfort consumers who will become increasingly overwhelmed by the number of choices from Android… For those who value consistency and ease of operation, Apple is still the way to go. I think Facebook Home only adds to the confusion about Android and will push users toward Apple.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]