Facebook Home debuted alongside the HTC First a little over a year ago, promising to give users a much more immersive mobile Facebook experience than the regular Facebook app could offer. Ever since then, though, we haven’t heard much about the Facebook Home app, and today we may know why that is.
Sources speaking to The New York Times recently claimed that the original team behind Facebook Home has been disbanded and that they’ve since been put on other projects inside of Facebook. For example, Facebook Home’s lead designer helped to design and launch Slingshot, Facebook’s new Snapchat competitor.
Facebook told Engadget that there is still a team working on Facebook Home. However, it didn’t have anything else to say regarding today’s report.
Considering the rough ratings that Facebook Home has gotten, along with the fact that it hasn’t been updated since January 13, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Facebook had given up on the app. That’s apparently not the case, but now that Facebook has integrated some of Home’s more interesting features into its other apps, it seems like Home is only worth a download for the most hardcore of Facebook users.
So will Facebook kill off Home? The app will apparently continue to live on for now, but if it continues the track that it’s on, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Facebook put Home out to pasture and focus on its other offerings, like Slingshot and the regular Facebook app.
Have you ever used Facebook Home? If so, what do you think of it?