As the old adage goes, home is where the heart is. Facebook announced today that Facebook Home is now on your Android phone.
The behemoth social networking company released a series of apps that can be installed on most Android phones, and also announced that Home will come preinstalled on the new HTC First phone available from AT&T, TechCrunch reported Thursday.
Contrary to rumors that Facebook will release its own phone, the announcement of Home pretty much fits the bill without Facebook having to create a phone.
“Today we’re finally going to talk about that Facebook phone. Or more accurately we’re going to talk about how you can turn your Android phone into a great social, simple device,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the launch event in Menlo Park, as reported by Wired.com.
Facebook’s stock price rose a bit after the announcement and continued a steady rise for the day. The social network’s stock price was at about $27.20 as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, for a 3.6 percent gain. That may still be well below its initial public offering price of $38 per share, but is definitely an improvement. The market seemed to be more excited by the announcement of Home over the announcement of Facebook’s Graph Search launch at the beginning of the year, when the stock fell 3 percent.