According to an article from the New York Times, the original Facebook Home team responsible for the launcher software for Android devices has broken up. Facebook Home launched with huge plans to change the way you see the social network and then eventually just fizzled out. In fact a phone, the HTC First was launched as a Facebook phone and like the software, it didn’t really catch on. However, while the original team has disbanded, that doesn’t mean no one is working on the launcher or that it is dead.
Facebook facing increasing negative reaction to its Facebook Home launcher as AT&T (at least temporarily) dropped the price of the HTC First to a mere 99 cents. The change comes as the official Facebook app received an update just hours after Facebook held a small press conference at its campus in Silicon Valley, touting some 1 million total installations, apparently without listing how many active installations it has. Following that event, the Facebook application itself received an update. The Facebook Home launcher has not been updated as of April 22.
Facebook told TNW, “There is a team working on Home. The app is still available in Google Play and Facebook tends to rotate developers onto new projects. So it’s not surprising that the team launched the app has moved on to other projects. So there’s someone working on the Android launcher, but with the social network launching new apps like Slingshot and Facebook Paper, it might be a while before it has a substantial update.
Part of the reason for that is because the app was fairly unpopular when it launched. This was mostly due to the fact that Facebook Home only worked with select Samsung and HTC devices. And shortly after it was launched, some of its biggest features like Chat Heads, floated on over to the mainstream Facebook app, essentially making Facebook Home obsolete.
It is believed that the app will continue to stay on Google Play despite the strong possibility that the team was shut down.