Facebook Home Android Launcher app has just passed the 500,000 download mark on the Google Play Store, just after nine days of the launch, despite being only available for a handful of devices. Facebook Home was first announced at the beginning of this month, along with HTC First, but the app was launched on the Play Store on April 12.
This milestone was first noted by Benedict Evans on Twitter.
What’s most notable is that the app continues to receive poor reviews by actual users who are using the app. At the time of writing this, the app has received a total of 5,735 one star reviews and the average rating is just 2.2, which can be considered as very poor. The Facebook app on Android has been downloaded between 100 million and 500 million mark and has received 3.6 average rating.
For now, the app is only compatible with Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X and HTC One X+. It’s not clear when Facebook will make this app compatible with other devices. Strangely, the app is incompatible with even Google’s own Nexus 4.
Comparing Facebook Home with Instagram, when it hit the Play Store, Instagram passed a whopping 1 million downloads in just 24 hours. Thus, Home is far behind Instagram at this point.
Google Play doesn’t provide the exact data of the app installations, but it currently shows the number of installs between 500,000 to 1 million range. Well, this figure would have been higher if Facebook would have made this app available to more devices. But when Facebook will do so, remains a question.