After years of rumour, we finally saw the release of the Facebook phone a couple of weeks ago. Except it wasn't a phone at all, rather a phone running Facebook Home, an application which changes many aspects of how the phone operates. Rather than get involved in a lengthy, and costly manufacturing and development battle with the likes of Apple, Android and all of the device manufacturers, Facebook has decided to take a short-cut in its attempt to rule the mobile web.
The elements of Home that have generated the most comment are the Cover Feed and Chat Heads. The first swaps out a phone's lock and home screens for live versions of the owner's News Feed. Chat Heads allows people to use Facebook's messaging services even when using another app. Both of these highlight how tightly integrated Facebook is in the new system, replacing or overlaying on top of previously core functions.