Thanks to the XDA Developers hacker theos0o. A engineered modified version of Facebook Home can be installed as long as you allow your phone or tablet to install unofficial apps that aren’t in the Google Play store.
- Uninstall the original Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook Home applications if you already have them. If any Facebook apps are pre-installed on your device, you will likely need to root your phone to remove it.
- Download the hacked version of Facebook Home (link here) and hacked version of Facebook Messenger (link here). Extract the .rar files.
- Install the official Facebook app (com.facebook.katana), then the Facebook Home launcher (com.facebook.home), and then the Facebook Messenger app (com.facebook.orca).
- Enable Facebook Home under the Facebook app settings. Reboot your device.
- If you have any serious issues, reboot into recovery mode and wipe the Dalvik cache. (Power + volume down)
The offcial app
Can be found in Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.home with only a rating of 2.4 at the moment. Right now only released for HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3 och Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and will support Galaxy S4 and HTC One when there released.
So what about it?
I’m probably not considered as a “poweruser” of facebook. But it looks nice and seems to work as it should. It’s easy enough to get to the usual view I had before the update when needed. But as you can drag shortcuts to the apps you need and get to your normal startscreen with just one click, there’s really not much use to go back. It works flawless when docked to the Padfone station as well.
I have to try it out some more later tonight (with Netflix, Skype SMS etc.) but it i had no performance issues so far and and as far as my initial feeling it just adds value to my PadFone 2 so far.
Everything works fine so far on the ASUS Padfone 2. Would have been great if the home screen could have more settings though. I would like to get e-mail notifications right on there etc. Guess that’s coming later.