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CNET News Video: Facebook unveils 'Home' for Android

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CNET News Video: Facebook unveils 'Home' for Android

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces new software that will transform your Android phone into a social device built around people, not apps.

Today, we're gonna talk about this new experience for your phone. It's a family of apps and you can install it, and it becomes the home of your phone. So, we're calling this Home. Now, we're gonna show you Home. This is an Android phone. You've installed Home on it, and when you turn it on, here's what you're gonna see. All right, let's pause this for a moment. Now, with Home, you see your world through people, not apps. One of the most important things that we do as people is stay connected with what's going on in the world around us. So, Home is designed specifically to help you do this. So let's say you're waiting in line at the grocery store and you look down and you see this beautiful immersive updates of your friend finishing a bike race or your family cooking a meal together or news from your favorite sports team. You might have missed these otherwise if you had to go into an app to see them. But with Home, they're brought right in front of you. Since Home is the lock screen in addition to the home screen. You don't need to do any swipes or gestures in order to be able to see this content. And since-- and it's all right there as soon as you look at your phone because you've already loaded all this content in the background while your phone was sleeping. So, you can flip their stories if you want, and if you find something that you like, you can double tap to like it right there, you can comment right there from the home screen. And one of the things that you're gonna notice is that all of the interactions are just really smooth and natural. You know, we wanted this to feel like system software and not just an app that you run and we feel like that there's a higher quality bar for that. So we've spent a lot of time building up infrastructure and tooling in order to make this, the highest quality experience that you're gonna have on Android. Now, some updates are more important than others, and cover feed is great for being able to stay on top of what's going on with all the people you care about, but sometimes there's a more important message and you wanna get notified. And if your phone is designed around people not apps, then your notification should be too. So, let's see how I get a message from my friend. I'm gonna get a notification with her face and her name instead of an apps icon and the apps name, so I'm easily gonna be able to tell if this is the person who I wanna interact with now. And if I do, then I can just tap on it-- to pull her up and interact with her or if not I could just swipe away to throw her away for now. And, you know, let's say there's a bunch of people who were interacting that I don't wanna deal with this right now. I can just, you know, press on it to grab them on and throw them away if I want. But a lot of the time you wanna get back to your notifications later so you can also just dock them or throw them down and continue just browsing your cover feed. So, that's putting people first in your phone, but apps are really important too. So we want to design home so that it's just as easy to get to your apps using home as with any other phone that you'll use. It's just one swipe away from the home screen or lock screen. So, you pull up your lock screen and with one swipe you can bring up your app. So let's say that you wanna get directions to a restaurant that you're gonna go to. What you do is, you put your finger on your face there at the bottom and these options pop out for apps, messenger and the last app that you're-- and you just swipe up and there your apps, right there, just one swipe away-- all your apps. And, you know, the launcher as pages and everything else that you'd expect so you can go and you can tap on maps to get your directions. Knowing you're done, you just throw it away and you're back to cover feed and your friend's content. So that makes it really easy to get to all of your apps.

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