Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Run Facebook Home on your Android device

Facebook is one of the biggest social media companies in the world today and to hold this position it needs to innovate and bring new features to the table constantly. One such innovation is Facebook Home which was debuted about a week ago. Though everyone has different opinions about it, every one wants to get their hands dirty with it atleast once but there is a catch. Facebook Home app is available in the Google Play store only for HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 for now out of which, HTC First holds exclusivity for a true experience. But when it comes to problems, there is always a solution too to each one of them and today we have a look at the solution to this one.

As you might have guessed, this comes the courtesy of brilliant guys over at XDA Developers. A senior member, theos0o, who performed the hack and modded the apk files to compile the port. To get Facebook Home on your Android device, you just need to follow these few simple steps. Lets have a look at them.

Step 1: Firstly, you need to uninstall original Facebook and Facebook messenger app from your device. If Facebook came pre-installed on your device, than you have to root it and remove it manually.

Step 2: Download the modified Facebook App and Facebook Home apps from this link and Facebook Messenger app from this one.

Step 3: Now unzip these two files and install com.facebook.katana.apk (Facebook App), com.facebook.home.apk (Facebook Home app) and fborca242.apk (Facebook Messenger) on your Android device.

Step 4: The process is done and to start Facebook Home, you need to 'Enable' Facebook Home from your Facebook app settings.

Note:  The Facebook Home app that is provided here works only for Android 4.0 ICS and later. Also, if it doesn't work, just reboot your device and clear the dalvik cache.

While the instructions are pretty clear and easy, if you have any doubt you want to be cleared or any thing you want to say, you can do so by clicking here. There is another version of Facebook Home patched apk available but that one requires build.prop files of the device and thus making rooting of the device a pre-requisite. You can find about that one by clicking here.

The original Facebook Home will take some time to launch of other than the 5 initially mentioned devices but it won't surely be soon as Facebook hasn't given any timeline for the launch of this app for other devices as well. Since it can be a long wait, you can try the application using the above method but even if you don't, apparently, you are not missing out on anything important as Facebook Home isn't getting the response Facebook would have wanted from its users.


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