Facebook Home has been the topic du jour since its release on Friday, but it’s still only available for a small handful of devices. Those with Android phones and tablets that aren’t under the roll-out umbrella have been left out in the cold, until now. TechCrunch reports that MoDaCo founder Paul O’Brien has created a patch of Facebook Home that will work on practically any Android device.
O’Brien’s patch is easy to get on any Android device: Go to your phone’s “Settings” menu to make sure you can download applications from unknown sources, then load the patch from the website on your device and run Home. The patch dupes the app into thinking that the device is whitelisted, getting rid of the roll-out barrier and allowing for free roam on the app. The app works seamlessly with the phone provided that there are zero instances of Facebook’s proprietary apps (including the original app and Messenger) on the phone already. Those with Facebook baked in to the phone already will have to go through the rooting process to get their hands on Home early.
Unfortunately, O’Brien’s patch is not quite perfect. There is a widespread issue with SMS messages not routing correctly through Home, so you would have to send text messages through your traditional home screen. The experience isn’t complete, but it’ll definitely be enough to get your feet wet on Home before it’s available for your particular device.
Download the patch at your own risk here. What do you think of Facebook Home? Let us know in the comments.