This time around the rumor mill wasn't so far off from the truth. During an April 4 event, Facebook debuted Home, a custom homescreen for Android phones. Not quite the phone many had predicted, but not totally unrelated. Users of one of these phones will see a Cover Feed when they wake up the device, and all of their friends updates -- links, photos, etc. -- will be right there on the homescreen. And instead of having to open an app to use Instagram or Facebook messenger, users will be able to do all of those things straight from the homescreen of a phone with Home downloaded on it.
The app will be available for download on April 12, and will allow users to just try it out or choose to make it their permanent homescreen. While it may seem that Facebook is trying to take over your phone -- and it may very well be -- you will still be able to use your other apps (Facebook related or not). With messaging at the forefront, messages will pop up no matter what app you may be using without closing that app. Alerts will also appear on your homescreen.
AT&T and HTC will release the first phones featuring Home, which is aptly named HTC First. Facebook aims to have a version of Home for tablets withing a few months, though it remains to be seen how this will be embraced by Twitter enthusiasts or, really, anyone who doesn't want to see their friends photos everytime they try to make a phone call.