A little over a week after its release, Facebook’s Home Android launcher has served up more than half a million downloads on the Google Play store, according to Benedict Evans, who noted the milestone on Twitter.
Facebook has yet to reveal an official number of downloads, but the app has moved into Google Play’s “500,000 to one million” downloads category, Evans pointed out.
Despite the milestone, Facebook Home has captured only a miniscule proportion of Facebook’s Android user base, considering the main Facebook app is estimated to have been downloaded between 100 million and 500 million times from Google Play.
The slow uptake of the launcher could be due to the small number of supported devices; so far, Facebook Home is limited to a handful of devices, including the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 when that smartphone is released later this week.. The HTC First, which will be the first handset to be bundled with the software, will be released this summer.
But, disappointingly for Facebook, the bad news extends beyond the low number of Facebook Home installs. The app has a poor two-star rating, based on more than 11,000 reviews, with the majority of reviewers giving it one star. Facebook Messenger, by contrast, has four-and-a-half stars, based on nearly 700,000 user ratings.
“Battery runs out at dinnertime. Allows anyone to pick up my phone and read, like, and comment without entering my pin. No widget support, fewer apps per home screen. Once unlocked resorts to old boring Facebook app. A software blunder with the ranks of Apple Maps,” wrote one user in the Google Play store, summing up many of the initial criticisms of the app.