Facebook Home to offer non-Facebook content

I'm guessing the point of Facebook Home was to get Facebook in your face whenever you switched on your phone. But there was always the hint of more content muscling in and a few months down the line, we're seeing the first substantive changes.

Facebook has announced that Facebook Home users can now have photos and posts from Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram on their lockscreen. As well as Facebook updates, obviously. Although you can disable Facebook and just opt for the other services if you like (which is a  bit odd).

On top of that, you can 'like' (or the equivalent) these services too with a double tap of the screen. It's not quite ready to go yet, with the service in Android Beta, but when it is, you just need to connect your apps to Facebook Home and you are good to go.

How long will it be in beta? We don't really know. It's likely to be until any bugs have been sorted. Although you can sign up for the Beta program if you can't wait. Might be worth letting someone else deal with any teething issues first though.

Facebook is no doubt hoping that the new content will push Facebook Home to further Android users. It hasn't been as successful as the company had hoped, perhaps because not everyone wants to see a constant stream of Facebook status updates ticking over. But new content might soften things up a bit.

That's the theory, anyway.

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