Starting April 12, Facebook aficionados will be able to download "Home," a new application that presents a new user interface for smartphones.
Facebook held a press conference at its headquarters in Menlo Park to show off its latest product. "Home" incorporates a new homescreen depicting updates from friends, news stories and other content, and a redesign of traditional messaging systems — "Chatheads" — that allows message notifications to persist on top of whatever applications the user is accessing; no more switching from the phone browser window to a text message.
The company also announced contracts with manufactures to launch new phones featuring "Home," such as the upcoming HTC First model, which will come with the application pre-installed.
The new interface represents Facebook's drive to focus on mobile applications, according to Mr. Zuckerberg. It will be available for tablets a few months after the launch of the phone version.