More than half a million people have downloaded Facebook Home onto their Android devices, in a slow start for the social network's mobile play.
The new service, effectively an Android skin, works on six devices built by HTC and Samsung. Facebook launched Home on 12 April, with the HTC First, the debut device to carry Home preloaded, coming to the UK in the summer. The half a million downloads milestone was noticed by analyst Benedict Evans.
While the rate of sign-ups is considerably slower than Facebook's photo app Instagram, which was downloaded more than one million times when it was launched onto Android, it may be the reviews that will perturb the social network. Home had a review score of 2.2 out of 5. Users have criticised the app for being too much of a drain on battery life, hiding the rest of a consumer's Android apps and using too much data.
Home was launched earlier this month, amid rumours Facebook might built its own device. It sits on top of Android, giving users information from their Facebook friends and the ability to search and chat. The social network has been criticised for not making enough capital out of its mobile business, with the overwhleming majority of users accessing Facebook through their smartphone.
Author: Graeme Neill