In the face of negative reviews, Facebook has released a new version of Facebook Home, a suite of software applications for Android devices. The update is one of several such improvements anticipated in the near future.
The new version is intended to fix bugs in the current system and adjust how the software can be installed onto devices.
User adoption of Facebook Home has been slow, but the company announced that it is approaching one million downloads. Given that Facebook has more than a billion registered accounts, however, adoption of Home has been modest.
Facebook’s failed joint venture with HTC hasn’t helped, either. Just one month after debuting a Home-equipped smartphone dubbed the first “Facebook phone,” poor sales prompted AT&T to toss it in the bargain bin. It’s now available for less than a dollar to anyone who signs a two-year contract.
Clearing a Path to Greater Adoption
Future updates to Facebook Home will focus on improvements designed to directly address the specifics of customer complaints and requests, according to Adam Mosseri, the company’s director of product.
Two big changes are coming: First, a replacement of missing launch features and, second, the ability for users to rearrange apps on their devices. Other planned changes include a folders feature for managing apps and an overhaul of the Chat Heads feature to make it more functional on smartphones.
The company will also outfit Home with additional prompts to familiarize users with the interface. Facebook believes that since Home is a departure from previous interfaces, users may be intimidated and unsure of how to use it properly. The company is banking on greater instruction being a key factor in helping ease users into regular use of the interface.
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