Facebook for Android update adds folders to Home

Repairs are in the works for Facebook's Home, which allows users to organize their apps and soon will support widgets.

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With folder support, Home users now organize apps and drag one app on top of another to create a folder. Screenshot/Jennifer Van Grove/CNET

Facebook is attempting to repair its "broken Home" with a feature that finally allows device owners to organize their applications in folders. The new tool, previously in testing, was rolled out Monday through a Facebook for Android update.

Facebook Home is a suite of social-networking software that replaces the home and lock screens on select Android devices. The package has been widely criticized for taking over a person's phone and preventing fast access to apps. Facebook first attempted to appease fans of other apps with an ever-present application drawer to store favorites.

With folder support, smartphone owners can drag one app on top of another to start a folder. Folders can be named, moved, and added to a person's application drawer for even faster access.

"An improved launcher is the most requested item Facebook has received since the launch of Home, and the team continues to make updates to Home in order to provide consumers with the best experience," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. "For example, last month, Facebook added a dock to the Home launcher and the team is currently working on widget support that will put Home's launcher on par with stock Android launchers."

The Facebook for Android release with the Home additive closely follows the beta application update with the same feature, and it suggests that the social network has kicked the kinks and is trying to correct for initial oversights as quickly as possible.

Monday's Facebook for Android update also lets members share News Feed stories in private messages and swipe left and right to open chats or bookmarks.