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Facebook Home software announced for Android phones

Facebook has announced details of a new family of apps for Android phones.

Focused around the home page of Android devices, the Home software is described as a "wrapper" for the operating system.

Facebook Home for Android

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Facebook Home for Android

The new Facebook Home - Notifications

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Notifications give quick access to friend activity

Notifications, messages and photos will appear on the phone's main screen rather than on Facebook's downloadable app.

Mark Zuckerberg explained that the Home app will provide "a new category of experiences" based around the homescreen.

It will be available to download from April 12, and will first launch on HTC First through AT&T America.

The new Facebook Home - the Cover feed replaces the lock screen and home screen. It's a window into what's happening with your friends.

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Cover feed replaces the lock screen & home screen

Facebook Home - Chat Heads

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Chat heads can be moved around

Initially, it will be made available for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HT One X, with the HTC One and S4 models to follow later.

Zuckerberg dismissed recent rumours that Facebook was going to release its own smartphone, saying: "We're not building a phone and we're not building an operating system, but we're building much more than an app."

Home will allow users to view automatic updates on the homescreen and lockscreen. Likes can be achieved by double-taps, while a new service called Chat Heads combines SMS and Facebook messaging.

Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook's headquarters to introduce the new Home service for Android phones

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Mark Zuckerberg introducing the new Home service

The messaging service is described as "a way you can talk to your friends no matter what application you're in" and "the most fun and delightful messaging experience yet".

"We spend our lives sharing and connecting," said Zuckerberg. "What would it feel like if our phones were designed around people, not apps?"

Facebook Home will be available via the Play Store, but will not yet launch on tablets.

Watch a video introducing Facebook Home below:

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