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Insider: “Facebook Home Trainwreck Bad for Windows Phone”

I haven’t tried it — I can’t, somehow they managed to make the thing incompatible on Nexus phones — but even if I could I would keep my distance given that it’s earned an average of 2.2 stars on Google Play. Wild guess here but I bet there has never been, nor will there ever be, an app that was downloaded half a million times in five days with the majority of its users who voted giving it one star. Never seen anything like this:


Some speculate that Google’s Android crowd just loves to beat up on Facebook. Others say it’s a crappy app, not unlike the regular Facebook Android app, that drains your battery and doesn’t let you use your widgets and that it truly deserves such a low rating. Others say give it time, let them polish it up a bit, and some others say that the app is intended for teens, not the average user who may have been more likely to install this just because of the headlines it made. Then there’s Microsoft which asks why use this garbage, yet another Android skin, when you can get the real thing integrated perfectly on Windows Phone, and I bet many of you agree.

And then there’s our own Stephen who says this, something I found insightful and worth all this buildup to leave you with:

FWIW, these bad reviews may actually be bad for Windows Phone; as they continue to indicate mobile users’ reluctance to leave the inefficient, siloed experience native Android and iOS deliver. Sadly, to me, this is just another demonstration of users opposing change for the better. I just don’t understand why they can’t be enthusiastic and desiring of the improvements in integration Facebook Home and Windows Phone have to offer the same way they embraced the iPhone and Android.

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Unorthodox semicolon usage aside, that’s intriguing and as a WebP proponent his point resonates with me poignantly. Whether or not this new Facebook Home skin approach, also Windows Phone in general, falls under the “better” category, I do agree that in technology there is very often an opposition to change even if it is truly for the better; and it’s vexing to imagine how much farther along we’d be if that weren’t such a major and confounding obstacle.

Doug Simmons