Facebook's new 'Home' mobile software soon available to Android users

(WXYZ) - It's not exactly the blue and white phone some some Facebook users envisioned.

"Today we're finally going to talk about that Facebook phone, or more accurately we're going to talk about how you can turn your Android phone into a great, simple social device," said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week.

The next product in Facebook's mobile portfolio is new software for Google's Android operating system. It's called 'Home' and it puts all things Facebook right in your face.

Among the highlights is the cover feed which is similar to Facebook's news feed, scrolling on the phone's home screen.

Plus what they are calling 'Chat Heads' messaging which allows users to continue conversations with friends without leaving the other apps they're already using.

Home continues to encourage users to make as many interactions as possible with the social network.

"This has been a long-term goal of Facebook's, to really keep you within there and sort of frictionlessly share everything you do with a larger group," said Mashable Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff.

The software will be available to download on certain HTC and Samsung devices on April 12. AT&T subscribers also can pre-order the HTC First, a phone optimized for the Facebook 'Home' experience.

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