Facebook wants to rule the phone with Home Video
Facebook wants to rule the phone with Home Video Transcript
Facebook found a way to give you more Facebook. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Facebook wants to be more than just one of the apps on your phone. It wants to be the homescreen scan of your device. The Facebook phone that everyone was been talking about is actually a skin for Android called Facebook Home. When the phone is turned on, instead of a home screen of apps, you'll see the most recent photos posted from your friends. It's called the cover feed. And you can interact with those photos with likes and comments, all by tapping and swiping. You no longer have to open a Facebook app to start interacting on Facebook. If you get a message from someone, their Facebook head pops up a bubble called the Chat Head. If you get a notification about someone, their picture also appears. With Facebook home, the phone centers around your Facebook feed and connections. The software can be downloaded from the Google Playstore on April 12th but only a few of the latest Android phones will be able to try it. That's the HTC One, which isn't out yet, the HTC One X and X+, the Galaxy S3 and S4 and the Galaxy Note 2. There's even a new phone coming out that has Facebook home pre-installed, it's called the HTC First and pre-orders begin now if you wanna be among the first with the First. It's $100 with a contract on AT&T and it comes in 4 colors. If you're considering downloading Facebook home, here's a look of what to expect. First, the cover feed, which is just a feed, recent status messages and posts from your friends. In the demos, we see pictures of cool people doing cool things, but think about the photos posted on your feed. Motivational pictures with lots of tiny texts on it, maybe some blurry pet photos, pretty much any picture can turn into your wallpaper for the moment. And you'll also see advertisements, yeah, not at first but advertisements will be coming eventually because that's what we want on our phones. As for navigation, there is a circle with your head in it. Tap it and it gives you three options. Send a message, open the menu of apps for your phone or open the most recently used app. You'll also see little head circles pop up when your friends send a text message or Facebook message. Facebook calls them Chat Heads and Chat Heads can be moved around the screen. They just hover over whatever you're doing, staring at you, waiting for a reply. Or you can throw the icon away if you don't wanna answer. This seems like a program you want that Facebook is your only social network that you obsess over and for many people that is the case. A recent study says smartphone users are on Facebook three times longer than on other apps. When it comes out April 12th, those with a compatible phone can also just try it once before committing to a complete switch over and it'll come to tablets over the next several months. That's your tech news update. You can find more details on Facebook home and our show blob cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
Facebook has a new design with more feeds to scroll through. Bridget Carey explains the quirks you'll come across in the update.
Google is set to unveil new products at its annual developers conference this week. CNET's Bridget Carey breaks down the latest reports on Android, Glass, and more.
Twitter dives into the streaming music scene with its own app, and Android users can try Chat Heads without Facebook Home. Also, Bridget Carey previews new gadgets, including a smart thermostat and a wireless charging case for the iPhone 5.
Motorola serves up serious competition to the iPhone and Galaxy S models with its new flagship smartphone. CNET's Bridget Carey explains how the Moto X differs from other Androids.
This is like no projector you've seen before, because it's also a hot spot and battery charger. CNET's Bridget Carey explains how this Android device is handy for work and play.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces a new product for certain Android phones. Facebook Home brings the content normally found in users' News Feeds to their home screen. It also enables faster access to Facebook apps and messaging features, no matter where you are on your device.
In our first episode of CNET Update, Bridget Carey explains what you need to know about Intel's new Ivy Bridge chipset, Facebook's patent-shopping spree, and the new Galaxy Nexus on Sprint.
Facebook dominates the mobile messaging world with its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. CNET's Bridget Carey explains the value of the app, along with news about the Xbox One and a high-tech toothbrush.
Hikers and butterfingers alike may be interested in Samsung's rugged Galaxy smartphone, which claims to withstand water dunks and frequent drops. Bridget Carey shows off the latest tough Android phone to be sold at AT&T.
CNET's Bridget Carey breaks down some of the more unique devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, like the Avegant Glyph video headphones, ZTE Projector Hotspot, and the iPhone keyboard case.