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Facebook’s phone function — and some fresh O.J.

Queena Kim Apr 4, 2013

Welcome home — to Facebook. That’s what the social networking site wants you to be thinking when you settle into the new Facebook product for Android phones — a product named ‘Facebook Home.’

It has the potential to make every Android phone out there into a Facebook phone.

How does it work?

If you’’ve got an Android smartphone, go to Google Play and download Facebook Home.

Once you do, when you turn on your phone, the first thing you’ll see is photos and status updates from your newsfeed. 

I got a quick tour from Richard Zadoronzy. Unfortunately the screen is a little difficult to see but you’’ll get the point.

Is it worth a try?

A lot of the initial coverage about the phone product has been complimentary.

Wired Magazine said, “It isn’t a phone made by Facebook. It’s something better than that.”

Facebook’s headquarters. 

What more came out of the Facebook press event?

Well, this reporter learned that she loves sushi.

Few in the press will reveal the spread at lunch at the Facebook headquarters, where they announced the launch.

These Facebook events traditionally serve sushi.

This sort of feast has become common place at tech events where the companies are flush with money. But being part of a profession that’s always struggling to make money, it’s something I still get excited by! And also, fresh squeezed orange juice also seems to be a staple at many of these tech companies. And I love O.J.!

Oh, and if you want to check out Facebook Home, you can download it from the Google Play store on April 12.

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