Facebook Home surpasses 500,000 installs, gets lots of one-star reviews

Facebook Home surpasses 500,000 installs, but more than half of the reviews on Google Play are only one star.

In just 10 days, Facebook Home has just surpassed a half-million installations on Google Play. As a point of comparison, that's only slightly less than the population of the entire nation of Luxemburg.

While Android users have certainly proven curious about the über social app, they may not be all that enamored with it. The 11,375 reviews on Google Play have averaged out to just 2.2 out of five, with a particularly high density of 1-star ratings (5,891 one-star reviews as of writing this--or more than half of all reviews).

Compare this paltry reception to some of Zuckerberg & Co's more veteran Android releases such as the namesake Facebook app, which averages out to 3.5 stars from 6,726,267 reviews or Facebook Messenger, which boasts an average of 4.5 stars from 681,454 reviews.

Looking through Home's one-star reviews, user complaints ranged from the app sucking up battery power to its propensity to hide the phone's other functionality. Several reviewers stated that they quickly uninstalled after 15 minutes.

Within the dismissive one-star comments, I found several reviewers like Matt Higgons who were disappointed but still hopeful that Home could become something worthwhile, writing "It was cool at first, but needs some [sic] tweeking to be more user friendly."

While the biggest names in Silicon Valley continue to battle for mobile ubiquity, there will be several missteps along the way. We will soon find out if Home will be more like the Facebook mobile app and steadily improve over time, or become like Google Buzz and eventually become the latest entry in the social trash heap.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Facebook Homemobile applicationsInternet-based applications and servicesWeb & socialsocial networkingmobileinternetFacebook

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Evan Dashevsky

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?