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This is Facebook's new Android Home

With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences. Read more

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Facebook has introduced software called Home that makes the social network the hub of any smartphone running Google's Android operating system. The idea behind the software is to bring Facebook content right to the home screen, rather than requiring users to check apps. "Home" comes amid rapid growth in the number of people who access Facebook from phones and tablet computers.
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Cover Feed

From the moment you wake up your phone you become immersed in cover feed. Cover feed replaces the lock screen and home screen. It's a window into what's happening with your friends -- friends finishing a bike race, your family sharing a meal or an article about your favorite sports team.

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Cover Feed 

Since Home is both your lock screen and home screen, the content comes right to you. You can flip through to see more stories, and double tap to like what you see. Cover feed is for those in-between moments ­like waiting in line at the grocery store or between classes ­- when you want to see what's going on in your world.

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Chat Heads

With chat heads you can keep chatting with friends even when you're using other apps. When friends send you messages, a chat head appears with your friend's face, so you see exactly who you're chatting with. Messages reach you no matter what you're doing -- whether you're checking email, browsing the web, or listening to music.

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Chat Heads

You can move chat heads around and respond to messages. And since SMS is integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android, chat heads include Facebook messages as well as texts.

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Apps

It's as easy to get to your apps in Home as it is on any other phone. Swipe up to see your favorite apps in the launcher. There's also a screen containing all of your apps, and you can drag your favorite apps to the launcher.

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This is Facebook's new Android Home

With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people's mobile experiences. Read more

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