A leaked pre-release version of Facebook Home has been released on Modaco forums, ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First ‘Facebook phone’). Modaco says this pre-release version works on a range of devices including the Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 tablet.
This pre-release version is pulled from a leaked HTC First ROM and seems to be very buggy and incomplete. We could not get the ‘Chat Heads’ working, but it’s interesting to have a play with to see what Facebook has in store for us later this week.
Paul over at Modaco gives these instructions on how to get the APK’s working:
In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280×768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM. If you’re on a Nexus device you’re good! Even if you do have Facebook in ROM, provided you are rooted there are workarounds – i’ll detail these in the comments. If you have any problems installing post below and i’ll help if I can.
Download these 3 file to get Facebook Home before the rest of the world does, simply install all 3 and you’re set (bear in mind you do so at your own risk!):