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Facebook Home pre-release leaks


[Edit: The release version of Facebook Home can now be found in this topic.]

A pre-release version of Facebook Home has leaked ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First 'Facebook phone').

The build itself (pulled from a pre-release HTC First ROM) seems to be rather buggy and incomplete (I can't get 'Chat Heads' working for example), but it's interesting to have a play with to see what Facebook has in store for us later this week.

In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280x768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can't just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM. If you're on a Nexus device you're good! Even if you do have Facebook in ROM, provided you are rooted there are workarounds - i'll detail these in the comments. If you have any problems installing post below and i'll help if I can.

The leak itself is 3 APKs - the main 'katana' Facebook app: DOWNLOAD (ROMraid), the now-integrated-with-your-SMS 'orca' Messenger app: DOWNLOAD (ROMraid) (orca) and the 'home' Launcher shell app: DOWNLOAD (ROMraid). Simply install all 3 and you're set - bear in mind you do so at your own risk!

In the settings you can find some interesting options such as whether to hide the notification bar by default or not (if it is hidden, sweeping down from the top of the screen reveals it). Let us know your thoughts! :)

[Edit: It's just been pointed out to me that the original leak was signed with test keys, which could present a security risk. With that in mind i've re-signed the APKs with my own private key for peace of mind and updated the download links.]



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Paul please fix it as i love having a black screen with only a picture of myself :-P /s
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For now!

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If you change your ro.product.model value to MystUL in build.prop Facebook Home starts working again. :-)

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That worked for me! The camera and status/photo/location buttons still don't work, but the news feed has finally appeared
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Reinstalled it, changed the ro.product.model but it won't let me login, gives me an error "An error occurred. Please try again later". Could this be Facebook's new move in blocking the app?

PS: Tried using both MystUL and Nakata (original) product name, same login error.
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I'm getting the same login error - tried on a rooted Xperia T (4.0.4) and a Galaxy Note running 4.1.2 Paranoid Android but both give the same error.
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My working process:

installed the 3 apk's earlier, no build.prop modding and no coverfeed
downloaded build.prop editor, changed ro.product.model to MystUL
Rebooted phone
viola!

never reinstalled the apk's, maybe that's the issue?
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On xda there is a comment that you must change your build prop to htc myst one...than it works..
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Uninstall the .katana apk install fb from play store and then install the .katana on top.. worked for me to avoid the login issue
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It won't install over the top - moans that there is an existing version with different signatures.
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I lost signal to my phone shortly after altering my build.prop, changing it back had no effect and after multiple reboots I finally reflashed my rom, which successfully returned signal

fair warning
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I renamed it but nothing happend??? I reinstalled it and now it doesent work...i used it a hole day on my note 2
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im now using Xperia Z, try uninstall the original facebook app from the phone. Then step by step install those three apps. But the only reason is that, i cant log-in my facebook account in this facebook app, can u help??

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thanks!
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Steven Chan
Apr 09 2013 03:08 AM
Hi there, so far is there any successful case?
I am using Galaxy Nexus, does it support my device?
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Get black screen :-(
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DaviDMrdjeN
Apr 09 2013 08:16 AM
I cant log into facebook on note 2 :( can u hel me

[email protected]
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Facebook stopped letting us login in in the 'katana' Facebook app. I don't think there's a workaround for this.
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I did test logging in with the play store katana, log in, then dropped the dev APK on top of the play store version in the hope it'd keep the login data and it still failed for me - so I guess you might have to just wait :-)
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This method work for me i can login but i have a black screen.
Uninstall katana...download playstore facebook app..login...make a backup via titanium backup...uninstall playstore app...install katana ...restore the backup over it...it says that it doenst work but it does. Than reboot. And voila you have acess to home you see your photo but a black screen.
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Yeah, I can't get past the black screen atm. :(

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The Titanium restore worked for me too - unable to open facebook and as you say the stream is blank.

it seems a bit basic!
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Yes unable to open facebook and messenger too...mhh i think when we find a method to get it work it is friday..;)
I tried some methodes this night but every time..black screen...is there anyone with a working home ??? Or are all screens black?! That would interest me...
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Messenger seems to work ok for me
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So now the question is how do we get chat heads working? Paul said he had it working yesterday. I don't really care that my stream is black, the only feature I want to try are the chat heads :-)
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yeah this would be nice :)

by the way are there some news about the black screen ?
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