If you’re excited about trying out Facebook’s new Home app suite on your Android phone, you may be out of luck unless you possess one a handset running Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. In a Q&A session after Zuckerburg’s announcement, Facebook Home compatible devices were revealed and include the HTC First, HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II. It is still unclear if Facebook will be developing a version of Facebook Home for Gingerbread devices.
So, why is Facebook Home only available on powerful devices when the HTC First is a mid-level device as far as specs are concerned? There’s no doubt that Facebook Home will be a resource hog, but many older handsets and some cheaper smartphones available now tout about the same specs as the HTC First, and could conceivably run the Facebook Home software. With almost 40% of the Android handsets out there today running on Gingerbread, one would think Facebook would not want to eschew this demographic. It seems to me that Facebook’s strategy is to appease users who have the supported handsets listed above, and force owners of older smartphones to purchase the HTC First handset if they want the Facebook Home app suite.
Whatever the reason, it will be interesting to see how the mobile market responds to the HTC First and the Facebook Home software.