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Apr 17, 2013 at 04:59pm IST

Facebook Home now available in India

New Delhi: Facebook Home, announced earlier this month, is now available on the Google Play store in India - but for select users. Facebook Home currently works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II. Home will also work on the forthcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. The app will be available for more Android devices in the coming months.

The company had earlier announced that Facebook Home would be available as a free download from the Google Play Store starting April 12, but the app has been released today for users in India. We tried to download the app a few days back but a message cropped up saying, "the item is not available in your country". But starting today, select users (mentioned above) can download the Facebook Home app from the Google Play store.

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If you still have questions about Facebook Home, then here is a sum-up for you. Facebook Home is a new app for Android. It is a new way to turn your Android phone into a social phone.

Facebook Home now available in India

Facebook Home currently works on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Home isn't a phone or operating system, and it's also more than just an app, says Facebook. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps. Its new family of apps will let users display mobile versions of their newsfeed and messages prominently on the home screens of a wide range of devices based on Google's Android operating system, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters.

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"Why do we need to go into those apps in the first place to see what's going on with those we care about?" Zuckerberg told the hundreds of reporters and industry executives gathered at Facebook's Menlo Park campus.

"We want to bring all this content to the front," he said. It is a move that may divert users from Google services and steal some of its rival's momentum in the fast-growing mobile arena.

Facebook Home is built around your friends and puts them at the centre of your phone.