Facebook Home facing challenging start on Android as reviewers give it 2.3 out of 5

Home, Facebook’s initiative to convert Android handsets into Facebook-laced smartphones, is not doing as well as many would have hoped. At the time of writing, the overwhelming number of reviewers have given it one star out of five with the average rating standing at 2.3.

One user posted a rather stern review. “No widgets, kinda clunky, and petty much just Facebook with access to your apps drawer. Meh, an unimpressive launcher compared to most others.”

The application was unveiled on 12 April and less than 500,000 apps have been downloaded till now. In comparison, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Skype and Whats App have accumulated more than 100 million downloads each.

Facebook’s official app remains the most popular app by far on Google Play with more than 6.6 million downloads over the last 30 days.

Facebook Home was announced on 4 April together with the first smartphone that sports it by default, the HTC First. We were expecting an Android fork but a bit disappointed by what was delivered.

In nutshell, Facebook Home is similar to a screen saver on a PC that appears when the device is locked. But it looks that both when it comes to implementation and simplicity of usage, Facebook Home is still far from a finished product.