Facebook Home software leaks, try it out early

A pre-release version of Facebook Home has leaked to turn your Android phone into a photo-liking, status-updating machine.

If you want to go Home early, now's your chance: a pre-release version of Facebook Home has leaked to turn your Android phone into a photo-liking, status-updating machine.

Facebook Home is software that completely replaces the interface on your Android phone, loading your friends' photos, posts and status updates on your homescreen. The software is showcased on the HTC First phone, but you'll be able to download it for a range of Android phones.

And ahead of the official launch, MoDaCo has pulled an early version of the software from the ROM of the HTC First, consisting of three APKs.

There's the main Facebook app, codenamed 'katana'; the Messenger app, codenamed 'orca', which integrates with your text messages; and a launcher shell app codenamed 'home'. To try out the pre-release software, including the floating head Chat Heads feature, you need to completely uninstall the existing Facebook app. The leaked software works on phones with a resolution lower than 1,280 x 768 -- and, as ever, you mess with the dark arts of leaked pre-release software at your own risk.

If you're happy to wait until Facebook Home officially arrives, you can try it out on your Samsung Galaxy S4 , Galaxy S3 or  Galaxy Note 2 ; or the HTC One or One X. Press play on our video below to see how it works:

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Facebook Home hits Google Play this Friday, 12 April, but isn't available to British phone fans until a few weeks after.

What do you think of Facebook Home? Will you be trying it out, or does your phone already do everything Facebook does? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, or update your status on our Facebook page.

 

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