Get Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on Android Home with SO.HO

Inq Mobile introduces an app that offers more social-media services than Facebook Home, but ultimately operates in a similar way.

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SO.HO by Inq Mobile wants to be the first thing you see when picking up your Android smartphone by replacing your launcher -- TouchWiz, HTC Sense, stock, and so on. Instead of only offering access to Facebook updates from your connections, SO.HO lets you see updates from Twitter and Instagram as well.

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To get started, you'll need to install the most recent version of SO.HO on your Android. Then, connect the social-media accounts you want to see updates from. Once finished, you can easily switch social-media accounts from the top left-hand corner menu.

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The formatting for social feeds is easy on the eyes, and includes in-line images so you don't have to open anything extra to view them. You may notice that quick launch icons along the bottom of the screen feel a bit out of place if you're used to a manufacturer launcher, because SO.HO mimics stock Android 4.0. To top off the appealing look of this home replacement, it also packs a bit of function, too. The social-media menu lets you post quick updates to Facebook or Twitter, and offers a quick link to Instagram (but doesn't take you directly to sharing a photo). You can even like and comment on things from within the app.

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If you're interested in making SO.HO what you see when you press the Home button, just make sure to select it as default when given the option. And if not, you can still use it as a standalone app to access all three services at once. 

According to Inq Mobile, this app is still in beta and they will be adding more of your favorite social networks in the future. What do you think? Better than Facebook Home? I noticed many comments on the Google Play entry for SO.HO saying that making a widget version of this app would be ideal. Share your own thoughts in the comments.

 

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