Though Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) isn’t putting a tremendous amount on the line with its new Home app, the early returns are bordering on horrendous. Home is available on a limited number of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android phones, making its overall impact unclear, yet an overwhelming majority of Google Play’s user critiques were damning.
The idea behind Facebook Home is simple. Instead of looking at the typical home page of your Android device, you are looking at a Facebook screen, through which are channeled all elements of the Internet. (If you think it sounds like something Google might try, you’d be right.)
The execution is not working out in the simplest terms, however. Many complaints are centered on the way Home is forcing users to make laps around their phone to get back to the home screen. Other users are commenting about the need for more widgets. Finally — and most curiously — some users are angry that Facebook is taking over its phone’s home screen (the clear intention of Facebook Home). Though some have suggested that Home’s limited availability might have sparked negative reviews from jilted non-users, Google’s people noted that only bona fide users could post reviews.