Services & Software

Facebook Home finally hits 1M download mark

Social network's software suite for Android took twice as long to hit its second 500,000 than its first.

Facebook Home
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A month after its release, Facebook Home has reached 1 million downloads, according to download numbers at Google Play.

It hit the milestone just days after Facebook's director of mobile engineering told reporters that Home had been downloaded "just about" 1 million times. The app's page was updated Sunday morning to indicate that its download numbers now fall in the 1 million to 5 million range.

While the social network's software suite for Android achieved its first 500,000 downloads in its first 10 days out in the wild, Facebook Home took twice as long to log another 500,000 downloads, indicating an apparent waning demand.

The lackluster download numbers reflect Facebook Home's less-than-stellar reception. While the suite has been installed nearly 1 million times, the social network itself has more than 1 billion users.

Home has also been collecting some negative reviews. The app has been awarded a cumulative two-star review from the more than 16,000 reviews on its Google Play page.

The social network released an update to the app it hopes will address some of those user complaints. In addition to bug fixes, the new version won't block sideloading, a process for transferring the app from supported devices to nonsupported devices.

The company's partnership with HTC may not be working out so well either. AT&T is selling the HTC "Facebook phone" for 99 cents, a month after launch.