Facebook Home leaks out before its official release

The prerelease version proves somewhat buggy, a mobile news site reports.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook Home for Android yesterday during a press conference in Menlo Park, Calif.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook Home for Android yesterday during a press conference in Menlo Park, Calif. James Martin/CNET

Facebook Home, the social network's latest, major push into the mobile devices arena, has been leaked before its official debut in the marketplace.

Mobile news site MoDaCo obtained a copy of a prerelease build of Facebook Home from an HTC First ROM. The site reports that the installation is "rather buggy and incomplete" and it couldn't get the platform's Chat Heads to work.

However, many of Facebook Home's other features were accessible, and MoDaCo published photos of the application in action. For those who want to take the risk of running prerelease software, MoDaCo is offering it up on its site.

To start using the Facebook Home leak, Android handset owners must have a device running with a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 768. They also must completely uninstall their existing Facebook application before running Home. MoDaCo says that Facebook Home will work on Google's Nexus devices.

Facebook unveiled Facebook Home last week . The platform is essentially a suite of apps that delivers an entire Facebook experience to the smartphone and sits atop Android as a "skin." Facebook Home is designed to fully integrate the social network's key features into Android.

Facebook Home's official launch is slated for April 12.

(Via The Verge)

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