Majority of Facebook Home Reviews in the Google Play Store Are Negative

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Android users aren’t thrilled with the quality of Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg’s attempt to create a Facebook-centric experience for mobile phone users who want to log in on the go. Since its official release on Friday, Facebook Home has been repeatedly trashed by Google Play reviewers. The homescreen replacement app currently has a rating of 2.3 out of five stars.

Google only permits users who have installed and used Facebook Home to review the app on the Play Store, so this isn’t a case of Facebook haters flooding the site with fake reviews. Between 100,000 and 500,000 users have installed Facebook Home since it was released just prior to the weekend (Google won’t reveal a more specific download figure) and more than 4,000 have submitted a review. Currently, the app is only available on a narrow range of high-end Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.

As Chris Morran of Consumerist.com notes, one-star reviews for Facebook Home “immediately outpaced all the other higher star levels on the Google Play store.” As of this moment, 1,919 people have rated Facebook Home as a one-star app — that’s a couple hundred fewer people than have assigned it a two-, three-, four- or five-star rating combined:

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The most common issues cited by users who have left negative reviews? Many cite the app’s unintuitive interface, bemoaning its steep and frustrating learning curve. Others have noted that it appears to drain their phone’s battery much faster than the stock launcher.

“It makes my phone butt ugly,” one reviewer put it bluntly.

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