Facebook Home Sees 1 Million Downloads, Update Coming Today


Facebook Home has been downloaded more than one million times since its release in Google Play last month, according to the social network. Today Facebook announced the one million milestone alongside the news that Home is getting its first major update this afternoon.

When Home was released, Facebook said that it would be releasing an update during the second week of May. Home’s first update will focus on squashing bugs. Plenty of additional features are in store for updates down the road.

According to Facebook, 10,000 Android users have sideloaded Home onto unsupported devices, and this practice won’t be blocked. Facebook only recognizes the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and HTC One as devices that can officially run Home.

One million downloads isn’t anything to frown at, but keep in find that Facebook has one billion users, making Home’s downloads only a tiny percentage of Facebook’s user base. AT&T recently dropped the price of the HTC First Facebook phone from $99 to $1, which isn’t a good sign for early sales.

Today’s update to Home doesn’t contain anything too exciting, but TechCrunch has detailed some upcoming additions. Facebook will eventually add a more immersive walkthrough for when Home is first installed on a device. A new app dock and a “Dash Bar” for accessing Messenger faster will also be added.

Facebook will start rolling out today’s Home update in Google Play at 3 p.m. PST this afternoon.