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    Facebook Home pre-release leaks


    PaulOBrien

    [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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    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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    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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    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??

    [email protected]

    thanks!

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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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    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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    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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