Facebook’s cover feed coming as an option to Home-supported Android devices
Facebook’s latest update for Android devices will borrow from a notable feature within Facebook Home. Starting today, Android users with Home-supported devices will be able to have cover feed as their default lock screen, if they so choose.
Facebook regularly borrows parts of standalone apps such as Messenger and Camera (for iOS) and incorporates them into the native app.
Through this latest update, which will roll out gradually starting today, Android users with a Home-supported device can choose to have their lock screen be cover feed, which allows them to flip through and see updates and photos from their friends.
A Facebook spokesperson commented on the app’s newest update:
Cover feed has been a popular element of the Home experience and making it available from the Facebook Android app makes it accessible for more people.
In addition to viewing photos and posts from friends from cover feed, you will be able to quickly unlock the screen and access the camera and messages from it. Chat heads and the Home launcher are not accessible from Facebook for Android although they are still available when downloading Home. Chat heads can be enabled via Messenger.
This way, Android users can still have (or try) cover feed without going full in and downloading Facebook Home.
Facebook also added Home support for three additional devices: HTC One, Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Here’s the full list of Home-friendly Android devices: Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC First, HTC One, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4.
The update will be available in the Google Play store over the next couple of days.
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