Facebook Home's Most Popular Feature Comes to the Android App

PHOTO: Facebooks Home software on HTCs First phone.

Facebook released an update to its Android app Thursday, bringing with it one of the most popular features of Facebook Home: Cover Feed.

Now Android users can take advantage of the lock screen from Facebook Home without having to download and install the Android launcher.

SEE ALSO: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook

Facebook Home's Cover Feed displays photos and posts from friends on the lock screen of your phone. You can swipe through, comment on and like updates — all without launching the Facebook app or even unlocking your phone.

From the Android app version of the feature, users will get the same look and feel as the Home counterpart including quick access to camera and messages. Chat heads and the Home launcher will not be available as a feature of the app — however, users can enable chat heads from Facebook's stand-alone Messenger app.

Facebook has offered the option to use Cover Feed without the launcher as part of Facebook Home since launch. Thursday brings that same ability to those who just have the Facebook Android app installed.

This isn't the first time a feature from one of Facebook's stand-alone apps has made its way into the main app. The social network traditionally tries out new features on power users who have downloaded apps such as Home, Messenger and Poke before incorporating them into the main Facebook app.

The company also recently invited Android users to join its beta program, and test new versions of its Android app before they launch to the general public.

Facebook's Android update will be slowly rolling out to users over the next few days.

What do you think of the update? Will you be using Cover Feed on your Android phone?

This story originally appeared on Mashable.com.

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Firefighters rescue a woman who got stuck in a chimney in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Ventura County Fire Department
PHOTO: Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters on Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo
PHOTO: Up in Ash: Mount Sinabung Erupting
Tibt Nangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO: Defendant Jodi Arias testifies about killing Travis Alexander in 2008 during her murder trial in Phoenix, Feb. 20, 2013.
Charlie Leight/The Arizona Republic/AP Photo
PHOTO: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, their daughter North West and Delphine Arnault attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015, Sept. 28, 2014 in Paris.
Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/French Select/Getty Images