Facebook plans for Home switch in Android app

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will distribute Home through its main Facebook app -- once all the kinks are worked out.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Home launch in April. James Martin/CNET

Facebook Home may have fallen flat among users initially, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg assured shareholders on Tuesday that he has big plans for the software suite.

He said the company will eventually distribute Home -- which blankets your mobile device with your News Feed -- through its Android app, once it's perfected.

"We haven't really made our big push yet ... biggest thing that we're going to do once we feel that we're ready is to encourage people who have the Facebook app to go turn this on from within the app," Zuckerberg said at the company's annual stockholders meeting where he was asked about Home's adoption so far.

Facebook Home reached 1 million downloads within its first month , a figure that reflects just a fraction of its user base. The company quickly pulled back its distribution so it can work out the kinks in the product.

Zuckerberg said Facebook has been gathering feedback from users on what needs to change before they are willing to use it, although he didn't say what specifically.

"Home is the first version of Facebook that was really designed from the ground up to be a mobile product, there was no real way we were going to get everything right the first time," he said while trying to assure investors that Facebook is committed to the product. Facebook is releasing a new version of Home every month, and users who actually installed Home are spending more time on Facebook as a result, he said.

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